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Almost 8 inches of early snow hits Chechnya, Russia

People walk in a park during snowfall in downtown Grozny, the capital of Chechnya
© Musa Sadulayev
People walk in a park during snowfall in downtown Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019.
Snowfall - the first in four years - has been going on in Chechnya for 24 hours, the Republican Hydrometeorological Center reports.

"The last time snow in November was in Chechnya 4 years ago. A sharp cooling is due to the cyclone that has reached the south and the European part of Russia," the department reports, noting that the snow cover reaches 20 cm.

According to weather forecasts, snowfall will last for a day, till November 3, then warming is expected, RIA Novosti reports.

Cloud Precipitation

Flood hits 5 provinces of Iran, leaving 2 dead

Floods in Golestan, Iran, November 2019
Floods in Golestan, Iran, November 2019
At least 2 people have died in floods in Iran over the last few days. One person is still missing.

Heavy rain over the last few days has affected northern areas of the country, with flooding reported in the provinces of Golestan, Mazanderan, Semnan, North Khorasan, South Khorasan and Razavi Khorasan.

Roads have been cut and schools closed. Flooding has caused severe damage to farmland. Water supply has been interrupted in some flood-hit areas.

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4 children killed by landslides after torrential rain in Uganda

The house that was hit by mudslides on Thursday in Kasese
© John Thawite
The house that was hit by mudslides on Thursday in Kasese
Fresh landslides have buried four more children alive in Kasese district following torrential seasonal rains that have hit the Rwenzori region.

The incident brings to seventeen the number of children so far killed in the landslides in Kasese district since 2011, mostly in Mahango sub-county which has lost eleven children.

The children perished when mudslides struck their sleeping rooms on Thursday in Namuhuga South cell, Bulembia Division, Kasese Municipality and Kyondo sub-county, Bukonzo east constituency.

The four-roomed permanent house in Namuhuga was constructed adjacent to a sharp cliff and above which some agricultural activities were taking place.

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4 metre deep sinkhole opens up in Benoni, South Africa

A sinkhole has developed on Snake Road in Benoni in Ekurhuleni.
© Jacob Mamabolo
A sinkhole has developed on Snake Road in Benoni in Ekurhuleni.
Motorists have been warned of a sinkhole on the N12 (Snake Road) near Benoni.

The sinkhole was discovered in the early hours of Saturday morning and by afternoon road closures remained in place. The sinkhole appears to be around four metres deep, according to Gauteng Roads and Transport Department spokesperson Melitah Madiba.

In a tweet, MEC for Gauteng Public Transport and Roads Jacob Mamabolo stated that a detailed geotechnical investigation to assess the situation will be carried out.

Cloud Grey

Incredible iridescent cloud filmed over Trinidad

Iridescent cloud over Trinidad
© PLANET X NEWS/Youtube)
A mysterious cloud spotted above Trinidad has been dubbed a "volcano in the sky" by baffled onlookers.

Villagers were perplexed by the colourful anomaly that turned the sky an iridescent pinky-purple in the town of Tunapuna.

The weather formation appears to be motionless between the clouds and occasionally disappears.

Footage of the floating hue appeared online as witnesses captured it in awe.

The phenomena has left thousands guessing after the video was posted to a popular conspiracy Reddit forum.

Superstitious internet users have said the mass could be the "beginning of the end of the world" while others branded it "heaven on earth."

Others said the unusual light looks as though it is a "volcano in the sky."

Comment: The growing list of phenomena resulting from our changing atmosphere:

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Father and his 3 sons killed when landslide swallows their house in Guatemala

An image showing the aftermath of the landslide, which saw houses plummet down a cliff

An image showing the aftermath of the landslide, which saw houses plummet down a cliff
A father and his three sons were killed today when a landslide swallowed their house in Guatemala.

Shocking footage shows houses being sucked into a huge hole as the ground gives way in the village of Xenaxicul near the border with Mexico at around 6.30am.

Francisco Mejia Lux, 39, was inside ones of the houses with his three children, aged three, six and ten. Their bodies were recovered from the rubble.


Shallow 6.1-magnitude quake hits South Sandwich Islands Region

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolted 125 km NNE of Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands at 18:08 GMT on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 55.6919 degrees south latitude and 26.3016 degrees west longitude.

Source: Xinhua

Cloud Precipitation

10,000 affected by floods in Antioquia, Colombia

Floods swept through Apartadó, Antioquia Colombia 28 to 29 October 2019.
© Ejército Nacional de Colombia
Floods swept through Apartadó, Antioquia Colombia 28 to 29 October 2019.
Almost 10,000 people have been affected by flooding in Antioquia Department in northwest Colombia.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that the San José River broke its banks on 28 October, 2019, affecting areas in Apartadó municipality.

Around 2,600 homes were flooded, with water reaching roof height in some locations. No injuries or fatalities have been reported so far. Shelters have been set up in affected areas to house some of those displaced. Many families have lost material possessions.

Military personnel have been deployed to the area to support relief agencies and mitigate the flood situation.

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Mono river flooding affects 50,000 in Togo and Benin

Flooding in Maritime Region, Togo, late October 2019.
© United Nations Resident Coordinator in Togo
Flooding in Maritime Region, Togo, late October 2019.
Heavy rain in Togo and Benin during October caused the Mono river to overflow from around 23 October, 2019.

Levels of the Mono river at Athiémé in Benin jumped from 7.8 metres on 19 October 2019 to 8.5 metres on 23 October. Satellite images show around 4,000 hectares of land are under water in areas around either side of the border between the 2 countries.

In Togo areas of Maritime Region, in particular Lacs prefecture, are worst hit. Around 2,000 households (8,000 people) are thought to be affected in the region.

Blue Planet

A century later, baby tortoises have been discovered thriving on the Galapagos Island of Pinzon

In the 18th century, an unfortunate incident with stow-away hungry rats from a docking ship led to the depletion of the tortoise population in the Galapagos Island of Pinzon, Ecuador [1]. The species was formerly thriving and basking in their numbers on the island, until the invasion of the rats.

These rodents ate the tortoise eggs and those of other species, disrupting the natural order of the island's ecosystem. Birth rates became so unstable that the tortoises became an endangered species. It was nearly impossible for a baby tortoise to survive out there in the wild.

Rodent infestation, attacks from larger species, and destructive human activities nearly wiped out the baby tortoise population in Pinzon, leading to a 100-year absence from the wild.

Today, more than 500 baby tortoises are thriving in Pinzon, and they were all born and bred in the Island [2]. This wonderful development is a testament to the success of conservation efforts over the decades. The rats were completely cleared out of the island by air-dropped rat poison in 2012, and the tortoise population has been on a steady increase since then.