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Italy plagued by bad weather: landslides in Liguria, river alarms in Veneto

Italy is once again dealing with bad weather. With weather warnings issued from north to south of the country, including in Sardinia.

The most critical situation remains that of Liguria and Veneto, an area already affected by numerous landslides and where the rivers are under special observation.

Schools closed in Vicenza, where flooding also blocked the ring road and the railway, with the high-speed train diverted via Bologna.

"These are complex hours", the words of the governor Luca Zaia who follows the evolution of the situation.


Pakistan: State of emergency in Gwadar district as heavy rain wreaks havoc - 4 inches in 12 hours

In Pakistan, heavy rains lashed Gwadar district and other parts of Balochistan, suspending traffic on the coastal highway.

The administration has declared a state of emergency in rain-hit areas.

The coastal district received over 100 mm of rainfall in 12 hours.

Urban flooding led to the collapse of several houses.

Comment: At the same time in the Iranian part of Balochistan: Floods in southeast Iran cut off roads, cause damage


Floods in southeast Iran cut off roads, cause damage

Heavy rainfall in Iran's impoverished province of Sistan and Baluchestan has caused the Kajoo river to overflow its bank, cutting off access to dozens of villages.

"Rains have caused significant damage to homes, agricultural land and roads in Qasr-e Qand district," district governor Ahmadreza Hashemzehi said.

"The road connecting 33 central villages on the riverbank remains cut off," Hashemzehi added.

Lack of government assistance has compounded the woes of the flood victims, who urgently require aid, the Haalvsh news agency quoted local sources as saying.

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Two people missing following landslide after heavy rainfall along Machu Picchu railway line in Peru

14 people are also reportedly injured. Officials say the landslide occurred after a period of heavy rainfall.


Mexican volcano spews massive columns of ash and smoke, forcing flight cancelations

An enormous ash cloud from the 'Don Goyo' volcano, also known as Popocatepetl, is drifting towards Mexico City.
An enormous ash cloud from the 'Don Goyo' volcano, also known as Popocatepetl, is drifting towards Mexico City.
Mexico's most dangerous active volcano spewed ash and smoke on Tuesday, with photos showing massive columns of gray emissions - large enough to ground nearby flights.

The Popocatépetl volcano sits in central Mexico between the states of Morelos, Puebla and the State of Mexico.

Ash fall was reported in Mexico City and its surrounding region, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) southeast of the volcano, according to the National Civil Protection Coordination.

Mexico's National Center for Disaster Prevention said it recorded 77 discharges from the volcano and issued a level two volcanic threat level, which requires taking preventative measures and staying a distance away.

Cloud Lightning

2 children killed in lightning strike in Madhya Pradesh, India

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Two children were killed in a lightning strike on Tuesday in Madhya Pradesh's Shahdol district as several areas in the state received heavy rain and hailstorms, officials said.

In Bhopal, strong winds uprooted trees in several localities.

A six-year-old boy and a nine-year-old girl were struck by a bolt from the sky while collecting wood near a tree at Chhatwai village, resulting in their death, said Sohagpur police station in-charge Bhupendra Mani Patel.

Both the deceased belonged to a tribal community, he said.


2-year-old child mauled to death by stray dog in Madhya Pradesh, India

A tragic incident unfolded in Barwani where a two-year-old child, Shaurya, was brutally attacked and mauled to death by a stray dog.

The horrifying incident occurred on Tuesday morning at around 7 am in the New Housing Board Colony where the victim was playing outside his house, was suddenly seized by the dog, which then dragged him towards the nearby brick kilns.

Shaurya's grandmother, Anita Chauhan, recounted the heart-wrenching ordeal, stating that Shaurya's mother was inside the house at the time of the incident.

Upon witnessing the attack, Anita raised an alarm, prompting other family members to rush to the scene and rescue the child. However, the injuries sustained by Shaurya was severe, and despite being rushed to the hospital, he tragically succumbed to his injuries.


Evacuations ordered as wind-fueled wildfires tear across Texas Panhandle

Firefighters are battling several wind-fueled wildfires in the Texas Panhandle, the largest of which has forced evacuations in the cities in Hemphill County, about a hundred miles northeast of Amarillo. The Smokehouse Creek grassland fire has scorched at least 300,000 acres with 0% containment, according to Texas A&M Forest Service.

Hemphill County Emergency Management issued evacuation orders Tuesday afternoon, with Sheriff Brent Clapp "strongly" suggesting people evacuate Canadian. Later in the evening, according to ABC 7 News, as the wildfire forced road closures, Clapp recommended Canadian residents shelter in place.

Canadian Independent School District canceled all classes on Wednesday due to the fire. ABC 7 also reported that structures in Canadian have burned. "Photojournalist Steve Douglass saw two homes in Canadian burn. There are likely many more."


Wrong place, wrong time: Myrtle warbler from North America turns up in Scotland

The last sighting of a myrtle warbler in the US is thought to have been in 2014
© Stevie Clarke/SWNSThe last sighting of a myrtle warbler in the US is thought to have been in 2014
A tiny rare bird not seen in the British Isles for a decade has caused a flap in the world of birders - after one appeared in an Ayrshire garden.

A myrtle warbler - a relative of the yellow-rumped warbler - has been frequenting a Kilwinning garden for the last week. The bird is native to the US and is only a rare visitor to Britain and Ireland, with the last recorded sighting on mainland UK thought to have been in 2014 - when one was spotted in County Durham.

There are thought to have been less than 30 sightings of the bird in the UK ever, and the species' latest appearance has attracted hundreds of visitors from as far away as Cornwall. Local amateur photographer and bird fan Stevie Clarke told SWNS his birder friend, Jimmy Crawford, first spotted it last Tuesday (February 20).

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Mudslide in Bolivia destroys homes, buries crops

The mudslide covered the entire village of Laquina, in the department of Cochabamba, and buried 30 houses, a farm, vehicles and crops in mud.

The disaster occurred after the dam of a nearby lagoon burst, sending torrents of mud down the mountainside and flooding everything in its path.

Authorities said 40 families lost their homes but no fatalities were reported.

Meanwhile, in the Andean region of Potosi, heavy rains over the weekend caused rivers to burst their banks, leaving streets covered in dirt, stones and mud and more than 400 homes destroyed.