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Heavy rain triggers floods and landslides in 8 provinces of Indonesia

Floods in Parigi Moutong Regency, Central Sulawesi Province, Indonesia, October 2020.
© BPBD Parigi Moutong
Floods in Parigi Moutong Regency, Central Sulawesi Province, Indonesia, October 2020.
Floods and landslides have affected wide areas of Indonesia since 07 October, 2020. At least 3 people have lost their lives. Homes have been damaged or destroyed and hundreds of people displaced.

Java Island

West Java

Flooding since 11 October 2020 has affected around 1,000 households in 6 districts of Garut Regency in West Java Province. The affected districts are Pameungpeuk, Cikelet, Cibalong, Peundeuy, Singajaya and Banjarwangi.

Indonesia's National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) said heavy rain caused an overflow of the Cipalebuh and Cikaso rivers. Around 60 homes were damaged, including 7 severely damaged. Sixty families were displaced in Pendopo Pamengpeuk District.

Homes were also damaged after floods and landslides occurred in Tasikmalaya Regency, West Java Province on 12 October.

Cloud Precipitation

Southeast Asia flood deaths near 40 as new storm Nangka approaches

Nearly 40 people have died in Vietnam and Cambodia and scores more were missing, including rescuers, due to prolonged heavy rain and flash flooding as tropical storm Nangka edged towards the Vietnamese coast on Tuesday.

Heavy rains since early October have caused deadly floods and landslides in several provinces in central Vietnam and displaced thousands of people in western Cambodia, officials and state media said.

The floods are expected to worsen over the coming days, with tropical storm Nangka forecast to dump more rain as it makes landfall in Vietnam on Wednesday.

Nangka, packing wind speeds of up to 100 km per hour (62 miles per hour) will trigger heavy rain of up to 400 millimetres in parts of northern and central Vietnam from Wednesday through Friday, its weather agency said.


11 dead dolphins wash up on beach in Egypt

Eleven dead dolphins of varying sizes washed up on the Red Sea's Marsa Allam beach, south of Wadi al-Gamal, according to environmentalist sources.

The dolphins included seven mature females, one mature male, and three juveniles.

The animals had been unable to return to the Red Sea's waters due to receding tides, the sources explained, and had likely stranded due to being pushed into shallower waters in search of food.

According to a report by the sources, the dolphins were found in an area where striped coral reefs were growing, extending around five kilometers from the shore in the direction of open water.


Rare red auroras captured over Utsjoki, Finland

Red Auroras on October 12, 2020 @ Utsjoki, Finnish Lapland
© Rayann Elzein
Red Auroras on October 12, 2020 @ Utsjoki, Finnish Lapland
Arctic photographer Rayann Elzein sees auroras all the time over Utsjoki, Finland. But the auroras he saw last night were different. "They were red," he says. "Almost only red."

"Rarely have I seen anything like this before," says Elzein. "I double-checked the white balance on my camera to make sure nothing was wrong. But it was the same color temperature as on all my other northern lights pictures."

"Later, we were treated to the usual swirls of green and even some pink nitrogen fringe," he says. "When the green swirls calmed down, the red returned."

Comment: A couple of days ago on 11th October, Space Weather reported no solar flare, no coronal mass ejection (CME), no solar activity of any kind. However a crack opened in Earth's magnetic field through which a slow-moving solar wind poured, sparking an "amazing outburst" of auroras over Norway.
Aurora taken by on October 11, 2020 @ Tromsø Norway
© Markus Varik
Aurora taken by on October 11, 2020 @ Tromsø Norway
In February this year another crack in Earth's magnetic field sparked rare blue auroras over Norway, some of the 'strangest in years'.

Cloud Precipitation

United Airlines flight makes emergency landing after windshield cracks in hail storm

No one was hurt and the flight landed safely.
© Alex Lang
No one was hurt and the flight landed safely.
A United Airlines flight made an emergency landing on Monday after a windshield reportedly cracked while going through a hailstorm.

The flight was bound for Washington Dulles Airport, but had to return to Chicago O'Hare International Airport approximately an hour after it took off, according to data from Flight Aware.

Twitter user Alex Lang, a passenger on the flight tweeted out a photo of a cracked windshield in the cockpit, writing the inclement weather caused the damage.


Czech Republic's Jeseníky mountains report early, heavy first snowfall for 2020-21 season - roads in the area closed

Snowfall in the Jeseníky mountains on Monday morning was so heavy some roads had to be closed this morning

The Jeseníky mountains in the Olomouc region of the Czech Republic recorded the first snowfall of the 2020-21 season on Sunday night and into Monday morning. Snowfall was so heavy in the area that roads in the area had to be closed this morning.

Due to poor conditions, the I/44 road by the Červenohorské sedlo mountains, the primary road between the towns of Jeseník and Šumperk, was temporarily closed this morning. It had re-opened by noon.


Early snow falls in parts of Northern China

Snowfall hits N China´s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region

Unexpexted snowfall hits N China´s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
Parts of northern China experienced the season's first snowfall on October 11.

The winter scenes were witnessed in Hulunbuir in Inner Mongolia, as well as the city of Huzhong in Heilongjiang.


Further early heavy snowfalls on European slopes - up to a foot

Ski areas in the Alps, Dolomites and Pyrenees have been reporting heavy snowfall over the past 24 hours.

Resorts are reporting up to 30cm (a foot) of snow has fallen, in some cases right down to the base of the slopes.

For many this is the third significant snowfall in the past fortnight following falls of up to 70cm at the end of September, and another smaller snowfall about a week ago.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 3 women labourers standing under tree in Maharashtra, India

Three women labourers were killed while two others were seriously injured on Sunday after they were hit by lightning in Nagpur district of Maharashtra, police said. The incident occurred in evening after some women labourers took shelter under a tree in Shiva village to save themselves from heavy rains while they were going to their homes, a Kondhali police station official said.

"A bolt from the sky hit the tree and the women, leaving them injured," he said, adding that the injured were rushed to hospital in Hingna town by villagers where three of them died. The deceased are identified as Archana Tatode (35), Sharda Uikey (36) and Sangita Mungbhate (35), he said.

A case of accidental death was registered by Kondhali police.

Source: PTI


Signs and Portents: Firsherman finds double-headed baby shark off Palghar coast in Maharashtra, India

The fisherman threw the rare double-headed shark back into the water after finding it off the Palghar coast
© Nitin Patil/Umesh Palekar
The fisherman threw the rare double-headed shark back into the water after finding it off the Palghar coast
A fisherman found a two-headed baby shark off the Palghar coast. As per scientists, such double-headed sharks were quite rare in the wild.

Arare two-headed baby shark was found by a fisherman in Palghar.

As per a report in The Hindustan Times, a fisherman from Satpati village in Palghar discovered the six-inch shark with two heads in his by-catch on Friday.

The report said fisherman Nitin Patil took photos and videos of the baby shark as he was confused by the anomaly.