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706 villages affected by floods in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh

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As many as 706 villages across 17 districts of Uttar Pradesh have been affected by floods so far, while many major rivers continue to be in spate, officials said on Friday.

Sharda river at Palia Kalan (Lakhimpur Kheri), Rapti river at Bird Ghat (Gorakhpur) and Saryu-Ghagra at Elgin Bridge (Barabanki), Ayodhya and Turtipar (Ballia) are flowing above the danger level, they said.

A total of 706 villages in 17 districts have been hit by the floods. Of these, 467 villages are marooned, Relief Commissioner Sanjay Goyal said in a statement.

Fifteen teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), seven of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel have been deployed in the affected districts, he said.

Besides, 749 boats have been deployed and 715 flood chowkis have been set up, he added.


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Massive tornado touches down in Virden, Manitoba

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A storm chaser witnessed an unexpected tornado touching down in Virden, Manitoba, on August 7.

Cheyenne Ammeter filmed a video that showed the tornado swirling at the end of a dirt road, bringing up specks of dirt from the ground.

"The development of this storm took us by surprise, as Environment Canada and the PASPC were both in agreement that while severe weather would happen, no one expected tornadoes," Ammeter told Storyful.

Credit: Cheyenne Ammeter via Storyful


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M4.9 earthquake creates large fissures in ground and damages buildings in Algeria

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© Twitter: Alerta Cambio Climatico
A magnitude 4.9 earthquake hit eastern Algeria on Friday, toppling three houses, damaging others and sending panicked people rushing into the streets but there were no reports of casualties, the civil protection service said.

The quake, which was followed by a 4.5 aftershock, hit Mila province, some 350 km (215 miles) east of the capital Algiers.

Three homes, including a four-storey villa completely collapsed while 31 other apartments partially collapsed, civil protection said.

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Record low temperatures bring rare snow to rural South Australia

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Record low temperatures across regional South Australia brought rare snow to the Flinders Ranges on Friday, August 7, turning the red outback desert into a winter wonderland.

Records for the lowest daily maximum temperature were broken on Thursday at several locations including Hawker, Whyalla, Yongala, and Port Augusta. The Bureau of Meteorology expected more temperature records to be broken on August 7.

A cold blast of wintry air brought the conditions to Australia in early August, according to the weather bureau. Snow was reported in parts of Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales.

Videos posted by the Skytrek Willow Springs Station show snow blanketing the red desert around the outback station. Staff from the station told Storyful they had seen snow on the top of the hills around them before but never so much down in the valley.


Comment: Coldest temperature ever recorded for the island state of Tasmania, Australia


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Lightning strikes kill man and 68 livestock in Mongolia

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A 41-year-old-man was killed and his 38-year-old wife injured due to a lightning strike in southern Mongolia, the country's emergency management agency said Friday.

The couple from Deren soum of Dundgovi Province were herding their livestock on Thursday when the lightning strike hit, the agency said in a statement.

The wife was badly injured, and is currently being treated at hospital.

On Wednesday, 22 sheep and 46 goats from a herder were killed in a lightning strike in Durvuljin soum of Zavkhan province in western Mongolia, according to the agency.

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Massive sandstorm engulfs Jaisalmer, India

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A giant sandstorm hits the historic city of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India. August 6th, 2020.


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Ice Age Farmer Report: COVID-19 strike teams shut down farms - FoodWars go hot - Beirut, Australia, China shortages

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The global food supply is being destroyed, production dismantled, and farmers put out of business: California is sending in "COVID-19 Strike Teams" to shut down farms that are not "properly distanced." China bans cellphones in granaries. Australian food shortages. Beirut loses main port and grain stores. Middle East food production & distribution is on fire. Christian breaks down the latest as the #FoodWars go hot.


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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Sahara desert had fish

Some of the sea creatures that lived underwater in the location where the Sahara desert is today.
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Some of the sea creatures that lived underwater in the location where the Sahara desert is today.
Looking at the African Mega-Lakes which would be the largest lakes on Earth today, scientists say they found fossilized bones from tilapia and catfish, on massifs with rock carvings and stone art. Timeline seems off for fossils as well the sheer amount of caravans and trade points across N. Africa with known habitation points, vast swaths of civilization across the region and all we get is the Egyptians. I see a missing part of human history, what do you see?


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Snowflake Cold

Coldest temperature ever recorded for the island state of Tasmania, Australia

Senior Constable Dan Adams said police sometimes have to leave stranded vehicles until the snow melts.
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Senior Constable Dan Adams said police sometimes have to leave stranded vehicles until the snow melts.
If you thought it was cold this morning, spare a thought for Liawenee in Tasmania's Central Highlands — it is already one of the coldest places in Australia and has just broken its own record.

Temperatures dropped to -14.2 degrees Celsius just after 6:00am — a new record low for the state and even colder than Antarctica.

Michael Lasko from the Bureau of Meteorology said the Liawenee temperature was 2C colder than the town's previous record low of -12.2C, made back in 2013.

"But also it looks like that -14.2 is the coldest minimum for all of Tasmania," Mr Lasko said.

The previous record for Tasmania was -13C at Tarraleah and Butlers Gorge back in 1983.


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Rare, mutant honeybee is both male and female

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“I’ve been keeping bees since 1976, and this is the first time I’ve seen anything like it,” says master beekeeper Joseph Zgurzynski.
While checking his hives this June, master beekeeper Joseph Zgurzynski discovered something highly unusual. Whereas all the other honeybees in the hive had normal black eyes, one insect sported a pair of creamy yellow peepers that were impossible to miss.

And that wasn't all. When Zgurzynski looked closer, he realized that not only were the bee's eyes off-color, but they were abnormally large. In fact, they looked like the radar-dish eyes typical of male honeybees, or drones, despite the fact that the rest of the bee — the abdomen, stinger, and wings — were clearly female.

"I've been keeping bees since 1976, and this is the first time I've seen anything like it," says Zgurzynski, who manages around six million bees at his Country Barn Farm just north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Comment: So are these mutations increasing or are they just being documented more effectively? And if they are increasing, is it due to increased pesticide use, or is something else at play? Both? And check out SOTT radio's: