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Impressive footage of waterspout in Croatia

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An impressive sight on the island of Korčula greeted locals on Christmas Eve as a waterspout made its way through the channel.

Not a common occurrence on the island, but there have been a couple in recent years, a waterspout is an intense columnar vortex that occurs over a body of water. In the common form, it is a non-supercell tornado over water. They are often weaker than most the land tornadoes.

Footage of the waterspout, which was captured from the Old Town of Korčula just after 10 am on Christmas Eve, was published by News Online Network.

Check out the footage of the waterspout below.


Boy dies after dog savagely attacked him in Queensland, Australia

A young boy has died in hospital after being savagely mauled by a dog on the Gold Coast. Pictured is the dog believed to be responsible for the attack

A young boy has died in hospital after being savagely mauled by a dog on the Gold Coast. Pictured is the dog believed to be responsible for the attack
A young boy has died after being mauled by a dog during a horrific backyard attack on Christmas Eve.

The five-year-old was with his grandmother inside a home in Varsity Lakes on the Gold Coast when the dog, reportedly an English bull terrier-American bulldog cross, attacked him about 11.45am.

He was rushed to hospital but died on the operating table, The Courier-Mail reported.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesman said the boy suffered life-threatening bites to his neck before going into cardiac arrest.


City of Prince George in British Columbia records record-breaking 35cm of snow in 24 hours

A Heavy Snowfall Declaration has been declared by the City of Prince George after old man winter made the northern capital into a winter wonderland.

A record of thirty-five centimeters of snow has fallen in the last 24 hours.

In addition, Environment Canada's Prince George-Massey station recorded 15 centimeters yesterday (Tuesday), which is a new record for December 21st - the previous record was 11.4 centimeters set back in 1949.

When the city receives accumulated snowfall of 20cm or more in a 24-hour period, in cooperation with the Prince George RCMP, a Heavy Snowfall Declaration is issued.

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Freak storm turns roads into rivers in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

A freak storm pelted Pietermaritzburg in KZN, South Africa, yesterday afternoon at around 15h30, causing localised flooding and damage.

The severe thunderstorm - with heavy rains and large golfball-sized hail - lasted half an hour, but left lasting damage. Some trees and power lines fell, parts of roofs were blown off and windows and vehicles were damaged by the hail. Traffic guru Rob Beezy posted footage of roads awash with water and said "Pietermaritzburg: when the roads became rivers".

Cloud Precipitation

Floods in Malaysia displace more than 71,000 after a month's worth of rain fell in a day - at least 37 killed (UPDATES)

More than 30,000 people were evacuated from their homes in Malaysia on Sunday as the country battles some of its worst flooding in years.

The tropical Southeast Asian nation often sees stormy monsoon seasons towards the end of the year, with flooding regularly prompting mass evacuations.

Downpours since Friday have caused rivers to overflow, submerging many urban areas and cutting off major roads, leaving thousands of motorists stranded.

More than 30,000 flood victims across eight states and territories were recorded on an official government website, with over 14,000 of them in the central state of Pahang.

Comment: Update: NDTV carried this AFP report on December 21:
14 Dead, 71,000 Displaced As Malaysia Battles Its Worst Flooding In Years

Thousands of emergency service and military personnel have been mobilised in response.

Thousands of emergency service and military personnel have been mobilised in response.

The Malaysian military used boats Tuesday to distribute food to desperate people trapped in their homes after massive floods, as the death toll rose to 14 with over 70,000 displaced.

Days of torrential rain triggered some of the worst flooding in years across the country at the weekend, swamping cities and villages and cutting off major roads.

Selangor -- the country's wealthiest and most densely populated state, encircling the capital Kuala Lumpur -- is one of the worst-hit areas.

In the city of Shah Alam, some areas were still under water Tuesday and military personnel in boats distributed food to people stuck in their homes and government shelters.

Kartik Subramany fled his house as floodwaters rose, and took refuge in a school for 48 hours before being evacuated with his family to a shelter.

"My house is totally damaged, my two cars are wrecked," the 29-year-old told AFP.

"These are the worst floods of my entire life. The federal government has failed the people miserably -- it has failed in its primary function to protect and safeguard lives."

He is among a growing number criticising what they say is a slow and inadequate official response.

Thousands of emergency service and military personnel have been mobilised, but critics say it is not enough and volunteers have stepped in to provide food and boats for the rescue effort.

There have also been reports of supermarkets being looted in one hard-hit Shah Alam neighbourhood.

'Hopeless' official response

Opposition MP Fuziah Salleh described the official response as "hopeless" and "incompetent".

"No early warning of the torrential rain was given," she told AFP. "It is so sad lives have been lost."

On Tuesday, the death toll from the floods rose to 14, including eight in Selangor and six in the eastern state of Pahang, official news agency Bernama reported.

But with reports of people still missing, it is expected to increase.

More than 71,000 people have been forced from their homes due to the floods, including 41,000 in Pahang and 26,000 in Selangor, according to official data.

Evacuees are being housed in government relief centres but officials have warned to expect a rise in coronavirus cases linked to the crowded shelters.

The rain has stopped and in many areas floodwaters have receded, leaving residents to count the cost.

"I've been doing business for more than 24 years... this has never happened before," said Mohammad Awal, whose cosmetic shop outside Kuala Lumpur was flooded.

The Southeast Asian nation is hit by floods annually during the monsoon season, but those at the weekend were the worst since 2014 when over 100,000 people were forced from their homes.
Update 2: La Prensa Latina reports on December 23:
Death toll from Malaysia's worst flooding in century rises to 37

The worst flooding in a century has killed at least 37 people, inundated large parts of Malaysia, and displaced 68,000 people from their home, officials said Thursday.

The authorities have sheltered the displaced in evacuation centers, official Bernama news agency said.

Heavy rains that hit seven regions, including the capital Kuala Lumpur, last Friday and Saturday triggered the worst in the last 100 years floods amid fears that the calamity will recur in the future due to climate change.

Most of the deaths have occurred in Selangor and Pahang in the south of Malaysia.

The water level has since declined, giving rescuers better access to the worst-affected areas and recovering the bodies.

However, the water level in 23 areas, many of them close to river beds, remains "alarmingly high," Police Inspector General Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said on Thursday.

The police officer said rivers were overflowing with floodwater, and "there could be a possibility of more floods in the coming days."


Man dies in dog attack at kennels in Auchterhouse, Scotland

dog attack
The 55-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency crews were called to Juniper Kennels and Cattery in the Auchterhouse area on Wednesday afternoon.

Police Scotland said the man was pronounced dead after officers were called to reports of a dog attack.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report is to be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

A force spokesman said: "Officers received report of a man having been attacked by a dog in Kirkton of Auchterhouse around 1.10pm on Wednesday December 22, 2021.


6.0 magnitude earthquake reported off coast of Mexico

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 was reported off the coast of Jalisco, Mexico Wednesday evening.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake was recorded around 3 p.m. 135 miles southwest of La Cruz de Loreto.

The agency reported that the tremor could be felt along the coast of Mexico.

At this time, no damage has been reported.

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Two Russian servicemen killed by avalanche in South Ossetia

The site of the avalanche.
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The site of the avalanche.
Two others have been retrieved and hospitalized with medium-severity frostbites

One Russian serviceman was found dead and another died on the way to the hospital after they were hit by an avalanche in South Ossetia, the nation's government agencies said.

A total of five servicemen were hit by the avalanche, and one is still missing. Two others have been retrieved and hospitalized with medium-severity frostbites of the extremities, an Ossetian Health Ministry representative said.

The avalanche trapped a total of five servicemen who stood watch at a tunnel of the Transcaucasian Highway.

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Avalanche kills two 17-year-olds skiing and snowboarding on Idaho mountain, officials say

An avalanche killed two 17-year-old teens in Idaho, officials said
An avalanche killed two 17-year-old teens in Idaho, officials said
An avalanche killed two 17-year-old boys who were skiing and snowboarding on an Idaho mountain, officials said.

The teens were buried in an avalanche near Relay Ridge west of Driggs in East Idaho on Friday, Dec. 17, the Teton County Sheriff's Office said.

"The reporting party advised the sheriff's office that one person was riding a snowmobile and another was skiing at the time the avalanche occurred," the sheriff's office said in a news release.

Their bodies were recovered from the site of the avalanche near Ryan Peak. The Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center said both were 17. The avalanche's cause is under investigation. The sheriff's office did not release the names of the teens.


Record snowfall in the Alps for the time of year - up to 33 inches of snow

Katy Dartford skiing powder in Crans Montana
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Katy Dartford skiing powder in Crans Montana
Tumbling headfirst into a huge pillow of snow I curse my skis for being totally inappropriate for the conditions. Too long, too skinny. After digging out a ski buried in thigh-deep powder, I resolve to exchange them for something more suitable.

Crans Montana, the Swiss ski resort stretching from the Rhone valley to Plaine Morte Glacier at 3000 meters is said to be the sunniest place in the Alpine country. And today it's certainly lived up to its reputation.

Yesterday, however, the destination that was once the home to former James Bond star, Roger Moore, was grey and cold. Its views over a string of mountain peaks that unfold from Bietschhorn to Mont Blanc via the Matterhorn, blocked by non-stop snowfall, leaving little distinction between skiing on or off-piste.

This week much of the Alps and the Pyrenees have experienced similar conditions: "best snow ever," I hear all around me; "it's dumping down!" others cry.