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Lightning strike at Jersey Shore kills lifeguard, injures 7

A young lifeguard was killed and seven other people, including three other lifeguards, were injured when lightning struck a Jersey Shore beach Monday afternoon, authorities said.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy confirmed that a lifeguard in Berkeley Township was killed in the afternoon.

It marked the second death of a young lifeguard at the Jersey Shore in a little over a week.

Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy said the others were taken to hospitals with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.


Shallow 6.3-magnitude earthquake hits Kermadec Islands - USGS

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 jolted Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at 02:52:49 GMT on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 29.9594 degrees south latitude and 177.515 degrees west longitude.

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Two of family killed, four injured by lightning strike in Jharkhand, India

Two members of a family were killed and four others, including an infant, suffered injuries on Sunday when lightning struck them in a paddy field in Gumla district, the police said.

The incident took place in Jakjore village under Basia police station this evening, they said.

Durga Singh (45) and his daughter Pushpa Kumari (18) died on the spot after being struck by lightning in the field, police official (Basia), Vikash Anand Laguri, said.

Durga Singh's wife Sahodara Devi, daughters Bharti Kumari (8) and Punita Kumari (5), and a two-month-old infant were injured, he said, adding, they were rushed to a hospital.

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Football coach killed by lightning strike in Bulgaria

Ivan Ranchev, the 41-year-old coach, was killed on the spot by a bolt of lightning when a heavy thunderstorm hit the village shortly after the game between the teams of Lessichovo and Chernogorova began.

The coach of a Bulgarian football team has been fatally struck by lightning during a match.

The state news agency BTA reported that the deadly incident happened on Sunday during a friendly game between the teams of Lessichovo and Chernogorova — two villages in central Bulgaria.

Ivan Ranchev, the 41-year-old coach of the visiting team, was killed on the spot by a bolt of lightning when a heavy thunderstorm hit the village shortly after the game started.

An ambulance was sent immediately, but medics could only confirm his death.

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Indonesia - Floods in Sulawesi affect over 60,000

Floods in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, August 2021.
Floods in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, August 2021.
Widespread flooding has affected over 60,000 people across 4 regencies of South Sulawesi, Indonesia, after heavy rainfall over the last few days.

Indonesia's disaster agency Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB) reported flooding and landslides in North Luwu, Wajo, Soppeng and Bone regencies in South Sulawesi from 28 August 2021. In some areas flood water was 2 metres deep.

As of 30 August, a total of 14,175 families or 62,860 people were affected. Furthermore, 12,763 houses were damaged, along with bridges, roads, schools, medical centres and other public buildings.

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Indonesia - 5 killed in North Sumatra landslides and mudflows

Landslide in North Sumatra, Indonesia, August 2021.
© BPBD Karo Regency
Landslide in North Sumatra, Indonesia, August 2021.
Five people lost their lives after heavy rain caused landslides and mudflows in North Sumatra Province of Indonesia.

Two landslides struck in areas of Kabanjahe District in Karo Regency late on 26 August 2021. Heavy rain also caused mudflows in Tiganderket District. No injuries or fatalities were reported.

According to disaster authorities in Indonesia, the landslides in Kabanjahe damaged or destroyed 7 houses. Five people died in the incident while 4 people were injured.


'Catastrophic damage': Entire city of New Orleans loses power; water and sewage system crippled by Hurricane Ida

damage hurrican Ida new orleans 2021
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A man passes by a section of roof that was blown off of a building in the French Quarter by Hurricane Ida winds, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, in New Orleans.
New Orleans is facing catastrophic damage from Hurricane Ida Sunday. The storm has been downgraded from a Category 4 to a 3, but the winds, rain and surge have left the entire city without power due to "catastrophic transmission damage" that has also crippled the water and sewage system.


South Africans frolic in heavier than usual snowfall - up to 50cms

South Africans frolick in the snow

DW's Adrian Kriesch drove just outside of Cape Town, an area that's currently seeing massive snow fall - much to the pleasure of both young and old.

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Heavy rain in China forces thousands to evacuate as deluge causes flooding and landslides

Heavy torrential rains continued to hit China over the weekend of August 28-29, 2021, including in the northwestern province of Shaanxi where rainfall triggered widespread flooding and landslides.

More than 23,000 people had to be evacuated to safety, and in some parts of the sprawling municipality of Chongqing, in southwestern China, water levels reportedly rose at a speed of about 30-40cm (12-15 inches) per hour.

A provincial highway was flooded in the municipality's Hechuan district, and its Chengkou county reported the highest maximum peak flow in 20 years on the Ren River. Local authorities activated their highest-level flood control response on August 29.

Comment: An extreme thunderstorm also struck the city of Hangzhou on August 26:


Endangered fin whale beached along Delaware coast dies

© WGMD/Walt Palmer
Officials say a 50-foot endangered fin whale found stranded along the Delaware coast has died. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said in a Facebook post Friday that scientists were taking measurements and samples of the whale, which would then be buried in a trench on the beach.

Biologists monitoring the whale say it "seems to be struggling," according to the MERR Institute. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is working with partners in the region to develop a response plan "which includes options for palliative care, sedation, or euthanasia."

The whale first showed up in Lewes on Thursday, stranded on a sandbar. It was able to swim back out to sea but later became beached on the ocean side of The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park, where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean.

Source: AP

Comment: Also in the same region recently: Dead 54-foot fin whale washes up on Barnegat Light Beach, New Jersey