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Floods and landslides in north east India leave at least 5 dead, 16,000 displaced - almost 5 feet of rain in 6 days

At least 5 people have died and 16,000 are displaced by flooding and heavy rain in north eastern India over the last few days.


In Assam, heavy rain in the wake of Cyclone Amphan caused rivers to rise last week. As of 24 May, around 10,000 people were affected in Lakhimpur, Sontipur, Darrang and Goalpara districts.

Since then rivers levels have continued to rise following further heavy rain. India's Central Water Commission reported 2 rivers were at Severe Flood Situation, as of 28 May. The Kopili river at Kampur in Nagaon District stood at 61.74 metres. Danger level is 60.5m and record high is 61.79m set in 2004.

The Brahmaputra river at Neamatighat in Jorhat stood at 85.41m as of 28 May. Danger level is 85.04m and record high is 87.37m set in 1991.


Arkansas boy killed in dog attack while checking mail

dog attack
A 9-year-old boy who disappeared Thursday while checking the mail at his Arkansas home was later found dead from an apparent dog attack, authorities said.

The boy's body was found in a field near the family's home in the small town of Mount Vernon, north of Little Rock, the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

The boy's mother went to look for him when he didn't return after a few minutes on Thursday morning, the statement said. She called 911, and responding investigators found his body.

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Hailstones the size of baseballs damage homes, vehicles in Georgetown, Texas

Car windows, like one sedan on Rosedale Boulevard in Georgetown, were shattered by hailstones the size of baseballs. A few blocks away, the entire back window of another car was smashed in. The impact covered a child seat with shards of glass.

The hail didn't make it through the windshield of an SUV owned by a young man by the name of Hunter, but the icy projectiles left behind several cracks. Hunter said he initially had the SUV at a covered parking lot.

"And then part of the storm came by and thought it was all over, so I went and got it, then pulled it back and the next thing you know it's taken this kind of damage, so it's very unfortunate," said Hunter.

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Heavy rain triggers deadly landslide in south Ethiopia - at least 10 killed

File photo

File photo
At least 10 people died in a landslide caused by heavy rainfall in southern Ethiopia.

The landslide occurred early on 28 May in the Gamo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region (SNNPR).

The landslide buried a two-story house killing at least 10 people, Ethiopian television channel Fana reported.

Several other homes were also damaged or destroyed in the area and it is feared the death toll may increase. Search and rescue operations are being hampered by rain and difficult conditions.

Earlier this month 12 people died in a landslide triggered by heavy rain in Ale Special Woreda, also in Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region.


Temperature extremes: India wilts under heatwave as temperature hits 50 degrees Celsius

Some Delhi men escaped the heat of the day by resting in the shade of trees
Some Delhi men escaped the heat of the day by resting in the shade of trees
India is wilting under a heatwave, with the temperature in places reaching 50 degrees Celsius and the capital enduring its hottest May day in nearly two decades.

The hot spell is projected to scorch northern India for several more days, the Meteorological Department said late Tuesday (May 26), "with severe heat wave conditions in isolated pockets".

As global temperatures rise, heatwaves are a regular menace in the country - particularly in May and June. Last year dozens of people died.

Met officials said Churu in the northern state of Rajasthan was the hottest place on record on Tuesday, at 50 Celsius, while parts of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh sweltered in the high 40s.

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Mother, child rescued after sinkhole swallows their car in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

Outdated infrastructure was blamed for this sinkhole in Nuevo Laredo.

Outdated infrastructure was blamed for this sinkhole in Nuevo Laredo.
A mother and daughter were rescued unharmed after their car was swallowed by a sinkhole caused by intense rains in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, early Tuesday morning.

The sinkhole opened up beneath their 2010 Volkswagen Jetta at around 5:30 a.m., but despite the spectacular nature of the incident, the car remained right-side-up and the mother and her young daughter were not injured.

Firefighters and Civil Protection rescuers arrived on the scene to find the two on top of their car, which was surrounded by water and mud at the bottom of the hole, which was more than five meters below street level.

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Flash floods in the United Arab Emirates kill 4

Flood search and rescue in Wadi Al Helo, Sharjah, UAE, May 2020.
© Sharjah Police
Flood search and rescue in Wadi Al Helo, Sharjah, UAE, May 2020.
Flash floods in the United Arab Emirates have left 4 dead and several injured.

Several people were reported missing on 26 May after at least 3 vehicles were swept away by flash floods in Sharjah Emirate.

The country's National Search and Rescue Centre (NSRC) later found 4 bodies in the of Wadi Al Helo area. Sharjah Police said 8 others survived, some with severe injuries.

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2 dead after more severe weather in Honduras

Flood rescue in Cantarranas, Honduras, May 2020.
© Bomberos Honduras
Flood rescue in Cantarranas, Honduras, May 2020.
Further severe weather has affected parts of Honduras, where media report at least 2 people have died in the last 2 days as a result.

Severe weather in the country from 26 to 28 May caused 2 fatalities. One person died after a lightning strike in Tegucigalpa. The second fatality occurred after heavy rain caused a house to collapse in Esquías, Comayagua Department.

Areas worst hit by heavy rain and flooding were in Francisco Morazán, where 101 families were affected according to the Permanent Contingency Commission (Copeco). The Fire Department carried out flood rescues in Cantarranas (also known as San Juan de Flores), Francisco Morazán Department, after flooding from the Choluteca river swept away a vehicle carrying 2 passengers.

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Noctilucent clouds are intensifying

On May 17th, NASA's AIM spacecraft detected the first noctilucent clouds (NLCs) of summer. Those first electric-blue smudges were barely visible. Since then, however, the clouds have rapidly intensified. Recent images from orbit show a growing bank of NLCs pinwheeling just inside the Arctic Circle:
NLCs in May 2020
NLCs are Earth's highest clouds. Seeded by meteoroids, they float at the edge of space more than 80 km above the ground. The clouds form when summertime wisps of water vapor rise up to the mesosphere, allowing water to crystallize around specks of meteor smoke. Last summer, they spread as far south as Los Angeles and Las Vegas, setting records for low-latitude sightings.


White-chinned Petrel seabird from southern hemisphere turns up in Orkney, Scotland - only 2nd ever recorded in northern hemisphere

Robert's excellent photos managed to capture the white 'chin' and silvery appearance to the primaries
© Robert Foubister
Robert's excellent photos managed to capture the white 'chin' and silvery appearance to the primaries
On Monday 25 May I decided to go for a walk along the coastal path at Scapa Beach, Mainland Orkney, to look for some Yellow Wagtails and keep an eye on the sea for any cetaceans. I had no luck with the wagtails but, as I was heading back from my walk, I scanned the sea with my binoculars before spotting something different in the sky.

A white beak was the first thing I noticed as being unusual - it was almost eagle-like - but I knew it wasn't bird of prey and more likely a skua of some description, so I decided to get some photos. The bird had first appeared at approximately 7.30 am along the east coast of Scapa Flow just below Gaitnip Farm and headed over Scapa Bay, to the west coast of the flow, and up over Lingro Farm where it gained height, circling above the fields in an almost Common Buzzard-like manner.

As I was watching it I started thinking that it was something different to normal, as it had an unusual wingbeat and flying style (almost reminscent of an owl!) and a white beak and black body with long wings. What was this? The bird then started to head east again back over Scapa Bay, before flying up over the hill towards the airport. That was the last I saw of it.