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Shallow magnitude 4.9 earthquake kills four, injures 120 in northeastern Iran

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At least four people were killed and 120 injured Tuesday in a 4.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Iran's northeastern city of Kashmar, state media reported.

The quake struck at 1:24 pm (0954 GMT), Kashmar's governor, Hajatollah Shariatmadari, who gave the casualty toll, said on state television.

Thirty-five people were hospitalised, he said, adding the quake damaged mostly dilapidated buildings in urban and rural areas of the city.

State television aired footage of the aftermath of the quake showing first responders working in a street where all buildings were reduced to rubble.


Cloud Precipitation

Deadly landslide in Cox's Bazar refugee camps kills 10 amid heavy monsoon rains in Bangladesh

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At least ten refugees were killed on Wednesday when their makeshift shelters collapsed during the most recent landslide triggered by heavy monsoon rains.

The deluge has caused widespread flash floods and landslides, severely impacting refugee camps in Cox's Bazar.

Initial reports indicate that approximately 7,794 refugees across 33 camps have been affected. An estimated 1,191 shelters have been damaged or destroyed, along with critical infrastructure such as learning centers, health facilities, mosques, latrines, water points, and bathing cubicles.

Since early morning, partners and refugee volunteers have been assisting families in relocating to safer shelters and communal facilities until the floodwaters recede.


Comment: Related: 500,000 stranded in Bangladesh after rain-triggered flooding


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Police inquiries continue after baby killed by family dog in Coventry, UK

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Police investigations are continuing into the death of a baby girl who was attacked by the family's pet dog.

The seven-month-old died after being bitten on the head by the animal in Coventry on Sunday, although its breed has yet to be confirmed by West Midlands Police.

The force said on Wednesday, however, the breed was not classed as dangerous, adding the dog had been humanely destroyed.

Police have been contacted by the BBC for an update on the inquiry.

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Tropical Storm Alberto brings flooding rains and ocean surge to Texas

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The first named storm of the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season, Alberto, formed in the southern Gulf of Mexico late Wednesday morning as it slowly progressed toward the coast of northeast Mexico into the evening. The developing storm was pushing ashore both heavy rains and, in some coastal communities, a significant ocean surge.

The storm is expected to make landfall in northeastern Mexico on Thursday morning while its effects will be felt as far north as coastal Louisiana.

It's the United States' first taste of tropical trouble, but experts are calling for a long, busy season with many more threats on the way.

The storm's most significant impact so far has been its surge, or storm-driven rise in ocean waters above normally dry land at the coast. Social media video showed water inundating coastal communities, including Surfside Beach to the south of Galveston, flowing over roads and underneath elevated homes while overwhelming storm drains.


Comment: Also noted was a waterspout off Jamaica Beach:




Attention

Two fatal elephant attacks recorded in Namibia

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The Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism (MEFT) this week expressed deep sorrow following two separate fatal elephant attacks on 17 June within the country.

The first incident involved the tragic death of Gert Van der Walt, a renowned professional hunter, during a hunting expedition.

The ministry identified the elephant involved as a problem-causing animal and issued a trophy hunting permit accordingly.

Van der Walt, known for his adherence to hunting ethics and his pivotal role in resolving human-wildlife conflicts, was highly respected within the conservation community.

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Infant dies in stray dog attack in Telangana, India

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A newborn boy died following an attack by stray dogs at Madipalli village of Thorrur mandal in the district on Tuesday.

A couple, D Venkanna and Renuka, along with their 42-day-old son had reached Renuka's maternal home at the village two days ago.

On Monday, Renuka made the child lie on a cot outside the house after feeding him and went into the house on a task. A few stray dogs then attacked the boy biting his ears and head causing bleeding injuries.

Hearing the child crying, Renuka rushed outside and drove the dogs away.

The child was rushed to MGM Hospital in Warangal, where he died early on Tuesday while undergoing treatment.

A pall of gloom descended on the village following the incident.

Cloud Precipitation

5 die in landslide in Assam, India - flood situation worsens in state with over 30 killed

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The heavy rain in northeastern states has worsened the flood situation in Assam where more than 161,000 people have been affected in 15 districts. The heavy rain also caused a landslide in the Badarpur area of Karimganj district in which five people including a woman and her three daughters as well as a three-year-old boy were killed.

The landslide took place in Gainachora village on Tuesday night. The landslide deaths bring the total number of deaths in Assam to over 30 since Cyclone Remal made landfall in the state in May.

"Last night at about 12.45 am, information was received about a landslide in the Gainachora (Bendargool) village area under the Badarpur police station. Upon receiving the information, the officer-in-charge of Badarpur police station, along with his staff and SDRF personnel, rushed to the spot and carried out a rescue operation. After three hours, the rescue team recovered five bodies from the debris," said Mr Partha Protim Das, Superintendent of Police for Karimganj district.


Snowflake

It's almost summer, but that didn't stop the snow from falling in western Canada

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A June snowfall might be a shock to some, but its not all bad news. The Weather Network's Connor O'Donovan has more.


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Waterspout caught on video in Tulum, Mexico

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A waterspout surprised visitors to the beaches of Tulum over the weekend, a characteristic phenomenon of the rainy season.

Kilometers away, tourists on the beach in Quintana Roo observed the gray funnel that connected with a cloud in the sea.

A video when the whirlwind seemed to connect the sky and the sea circulated on social media.

The phenomenon did not generate any inconvenience other than the amazement of the people who witnessed it.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 4 sheltering under tree in Madhya Pradesh, India

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Lightning claimed four lives in Gwalior district on Tuesday evening. Another villager was severely injured.

These are the first pre-monsoon deaths in the state. The victims โ€” Sushi Tiwari, 68, Brajbhan Parmar, 45, Hari Singh Kushwaha, 35, and Bali Kushwaha, 40 โ€” were residents of Karahiya village, around 50km from Gwalior.

"They own some land near a canal around 2km from their village.On Tuesday evening, they had gathered there, along with the local patwari, for demarcation of land. It started raining and they took shelter under two jamun trees.

Unfortunately, lightning hit the tree, killing the four men on the spot," Bhitarwar subdivisional police officer Jitendra Nagaich told TOI. A fifth person, Uday Bhan, is in a critical condition in hospital, he added.