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Cyclone Burevi batters Puducherry, India - heavy flooding in several places

Giant waves hit Puducherry coast on wednesday before the landfall of cyclone.
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Giant waves hit Puducherry coast on wednesday before the landfall of cyclone.
Normal life was thrown out of gear on Friday as Puducherry witnessed heavy flooding of its main streets and low-lying areas with heavy rains continuing to lash the town and its suburbs for the third consecutive day under the influence of Cyclone Burevi.

Puducherry received 138mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours ending at 08.3oam Friday, even as the rain continued. In the last 48 hours, Puducherry had received 21.4 cm of rainfall.

Roads and low-lying areas, including the town's iconic Beach Road, suffered water-logging. Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, along with officials, waded through flooded streets to assess the situation and ensure removal of the water with electric water pumps by the municipalities. Basement shops on the popular Mission Street were flooded.


One dead in Cebu, Philippines flooding after heavy rains

Residents in several barangays in Tuburan town, northwestern Cebu asked for help online as floodwaters there continue to rise due to incessant rains.
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Residents in several barangays in Tuburan town, northwestern Cebu asked for help online as floodwaters there continue to rise due to incessant rains.
A man was killed while several residents were evacuated after a downpour on Wednesday caused heavy flooding in some areas in northern Cebu.

The body of Jay Warren Almaden, 26, was found several hours after he was swept away by strong current while crossing a river in Barangay Oguis, Danao City, said Police Maj. Maria Theresa Macatangay, chief of the Danao City Police Station.

Macatangay said some residents saw Almaden driving a motorcycle and trying to cross the river at around 9 a.m.

Police said Almaden fell off the motorcycle after losing his balance while trying to maneuver through the rampaging river.

Rescuers found his body in a river bank in the adjacent barangay some seven hours after he went missing.

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Heavy rains cause flooding in Kuwait

Heavy rains caused flooding in Kuwait. Flood in desert.


Heavy rains in western Indonesia leave 5 dead, 2,700 homes flooded - floodwaters reached as high as 5 meters (16 feet)

Torrential rains in Indonesia's third largest city caused four rivers to overflow, flooding thousands of homes and killing at least five people, officials said Friday.

The local disaster mitigation agency said rescuers were searching for two others who were reportedly still missing, including a toddler, after the heavy rains in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province.

At least five people were found dead after being swept away by the floods, which began Thursday evening, the agency said in a statement. More than 2,700 houses were flooded in the city, which has about 2.9 million people, forcing authorities to cut off electricity and water supplies, it said.


Killing of 3 monks by wild elephants shocks Buddhist Thailand

Charging elephant
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Charging elephant
Elephants feature prominently in religious and national iconography in predominantly Buddhist Thailand, whose national religion credits the jumbos with embodying the supreme qualities of the Buddha himself.

Yet their status as sacred creatures has not stopped some wild elephants from killing three Buddhist monks in three separate incidents recently within the space of a few weeks. Not surprisingly, the killing of the monks by wild elephants has shocked many of the faithful.

"Elephants injure and kill people sometimes, I know, but I assumed they would leave monks unharmed because of their holy power," Sudarat Saetang, a Buddhist, told UCA News.

In one incident last week, Phra Sombun Bunwat, a 64-year-old monk, was found dead with severe head, arm and other injuries in a grassy area of a village beside the Thong Pha Phum National Park in the central Thai province of Kanchanaburi.

Comment: Related: Elephant crushes scholar to death in Sri Lanka - 121 people killed in 2019 - "The trend is getting worse"

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Hail the size of baseballs and flash floods hit northern Saudi Arabia

Crazy hailstorm the size of baseball in northern Saudi Arabia, Afif

Comment: On December 3:
Heavy rains, especially in the north of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, lead to severe floods in several regions, including the Hafar Al-Batin area.


California wildfire leads to evacuations as 4,000 acres burn

Firefighters Silverado
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Firefighters battling the fire haul a hose while working to save a home in the Silverado community in Orange County, California.
A new California wildfire forced residents to flee their homes early Thursday after the blaze exploded in high winds across more than 4,000 acres in Orange County, according to officials.

After an already record-breaking year of wildfires, California was again hit late Wednesday when a house fire quickly spread to tinder-dry brush, sparking the out-of-control Bond Fire, which grew to over 6 square miles in Orange County's Silverado Canyon.

It rapidly spread across the region in winds that topped 70 mph, and by Thursday was burning about 4,000 acres, the Orange County Fire Association (OCFA) said on Twitter alongside dramatic video clips.

"We have received reports that there may be multiple structures damaged from the fire," the fire department said, saying they were "in the process of verifying the number involved and the extent of damage."

Dramatic video showed the region once again overwhelmed with red skies as officials ordered mandatory evacuations.


Police in Scotland forced to reassure callers that 'explosions' are thundersnow

Scotland thundersnow
The noise heard in Kirkcaldy was "crazy", according to Leanne Duffy
Police have issued reassurances to the public that "explosions" heard overnight in Scotland were in fact a phenomenon known as "thundersnow".

Residents in Edinburgh reported what they believed to be an exploding bomb or collapsing building around 5:00am on Friday. Police Scotland tweeted to say they had received "a number of calls" over the loud bangs.

"Please do not be alarmed, we are currently experiencing thunder and lightning," they said. Other parts of Britain woke up to snowfall overnight and a warning that further wintry weather may be on the way.

The Met Office said that wet snow fell on Friday morning across parts of Kent which may spread northwards with some snow over the Wealds and Downs of south-east England.

Rain, sleet and snow is also expected across a broad swathe of Scotland and northern England. A Met Office weather warning for snow and heavy rain through to Friday at 10am was issued for the east of England plus London and the South East.

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Sri Lanka confirms 2 deaths due to Cyclone Burevi

Cyclone Burevi

Cyclone Burevi
Sri Lankan authorities, on Friday, confirmed two deaths due to Cyclone Burevi that made landfall on Wednesday, injuring at least six.

The deceased were residents of Chankanai and Chavakachcheri, according to the Disaster Management Centre.

The turbulent weather had affected 20,814 families including 68,958 individuals, damaging 2,966 homes partially, and 59 completely, official figures show.

Cloud Lightning

At least 4 killed by lightning strikes in Mozambique

At least four people have been killed by lightning strikes in Mozambique's western province of Tete, which shares a border with neighbouring Malawi.

Meanwhile, a rainstorm accompanied by strong winds, has left a trail of destruction in southern Mozambique.

Those killed by the lightning strikes include an elderly woman and a toddler.

One person was injured and some houses were set alight, according to Tete's National Disaster Management Institute delegate Alex Angelo.