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Lightning bolt kills 27 cattle in Sri Lanka

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At least 27 head of cattle had died when lightning hit a livestock farm in Mawadiodai in Vakarai during the early hours of yesterday.

The owner of the farm said heavy rain and lightning was experienced in the area from midnight. He said he had several milch cows among the cattle that died and that it would incur a heavy loss. The navy had taken step to bury the carcasses.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 34 cattle in Chhattisgarh, India

dead cattle
In a freak incident, 34 cattle met heartbreaking end in terrifying lightning strike at village Ugetara under Arang Police Station on the night of Saturday. Villagers informed the Administration, on whose order Arang Police and Veterinary Department had reached the spot. Sarpanch Satish Kumar Dhruw told about the incident that the incident happened at around 7 pm on Saturday, when lightning struck the Gauthan with a thunderous sound and 34 cattle fell lifeless in an instant.

The carcass of cattle were buried after post-mortem by Veterinary Department and in the presence of Arang Police. Social worker Chaon Kumar Sahu informed Gaon Vikas Samiti operates the Gothan, where cattle are kept so as to protect the crops. The Samiti is running the gothan for past two years. Samiti is looks after the arrangement of fodder and maintenance. There was a wide-spread grief and panic in the village after the incident as a big crowd had gathered to see the dead cattle. Entire village was plunged into deep mourn.


State of Emergency activated after deadly floods in Senegal - 8 inches of rain in 24 hours

Authorities have activated a state of emergency in Senegal, West Africa, in the face of ongoing floods in several parts of the country.

President Macky Sall activated the Plan Orsec - Organisation de la Réponse de Sécurité Civile - after heavy rainfall from 05 September 2020 caused widespread flooding, including in the capital, Dakar.

Senegal's National Agency for Civil Aviation and Meteorology (Anacim) said that the areas of Joal, Khombole, Sokone, Passy, Thiare and Toubacouta all recorded more than 200mm of rain in 24 hours on 05 September. Parts of the capital recorded more than 100mm of rain on 05 September.

Local media reported that at least 6 people have died as result of flooding in several parts of the country on 05 and 06 September. Fatalities were reported in the regions of Dakar (1), Kaolack (2) and Sédhiou (3).


Shallow 6.2 magnitude earthquake rocks Vanuatu - 2nd of such strength in 28 hours

Two strong earthquakes, within 20 minutes of each other, rocked the Vanuatu capital Port Vila this afternoon.

According to the United States Geological Survey website the first quake, which struck at 6:12pm, measured 6.2 on the Richter scale and occurred at a depth of 10 kilometres with its epicentre about 73 kms north north east of Port Vila.

The second measured 5.7 and hit at 6:29pm it was also at a depth of 10kms but its epicentre was a little closer at 75kms north north east of Vila.

Residents in Port Vila were shaken by quakes but so far there have been no reports of any serious damage.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre reported there was no threat of a Tsunami from either quake.

Comment: Additionally this latest quake was the second magnitude 6.2 to strike near the island within 28 hours, see: Pacific 6.2M earthquake strikes off Vanuatu

It was also the fifth of magnitude 6 + recorded within 2 days across the planet: Earthquake of magnitude 6.3 strikes near Mindanao, Philippines - 4th such strong quake within 24 hours globally


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Grand Solar Minimum cold begins, now its your move

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It is now confirmed that 2020 is the beginning of the Grand Solar Minimum, cold events are beginning to transpire that are absolutely in your face. What you do net to prepare is fully your choice. These events will make you shake your head, a 65F temperature drop from 90F to below freezing in two days across the USA grain belt.



Earthquake of magnitude 6.3 strikes near Mindanao, Philippines - 4th such strong quake within 24 hours globally

An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck 82km east-northeast of General Santos in Mindanao, the Philippines, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said on Sunday (Sept 6).

The quake had a depth of 120.9 km, according to the USGS.

The Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology (Phivolcs) said the offshore quake hit at a depth of 143 km, about 26km southeast of Don Marcelino town at 11.23pm local time.

Comment: This is the fourth magnitude 6+ quake registered within 24 hours across the planet - the other 3 being:

Cloud Precipitation

Receding floods reveal vast tracts of rotting crops in Odisha, India "The floods have completely shattered the rural economy''

Farmers show rotten paddy saplings in flood-hit Gobindapur village of Kendrapara district.
Farmers show rotten paddy saplings in flood-hit Gobindapur village of Kendrapara district.
The receding water has revealed the extent of damage in flood-ravaged Kendrapara district with the worst hit being farmers.

The receding water has revealed the extent of damage in flood-ravaged Kendrapara district with the worst hit being farmers.

Vast tracts of paddy fields in Aul, Pattamundai, Marsaghai, Derabishi and Rajkanika blocks have turned into swamps with rotting crops still submerged in water.

"The floods have completely shattered the rural economy. Farmers had spent huge amount of money to raise paddy saplings which have been damaged in the floods. With the deluge ruining our livelihood, we now stare at a bleak future," said Sarat Sahoo, a farmer of Manapur village under Rajkanika.

Following good rains during transplantation of paddy saplings three months back, farmers were expecting a bumper crop. But all hopes have been shattered.

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7 Upper Egypt-Red Sea highways closed after rains, flood falling from mountain swamps western Luxor

Map of Egypt - Red Sea governorate official website

Map of Egypt - Red Sea governorate official website
Upper Egypt and the Red Sea coast have been struck with floods after heavy rain, prompting the police traffic department to close off several highways in the area on Sunday.

The western Sohag-Qena road, Sheikh-Fadl-Ras Ghareb road, Qift-Quseir road, Safaga-Sohag road, Luxor-Nag Hammadi road, Luxor-Wadi Gedid road, Ghareb-Minya were closed. Safaga-Sohag road, Luxor-Nag Hammadi road and Qift-Quseir road were reopened later after the weather improved, as the weather forecast had predicted sandy winds.

In western Luxor, rain falling down from Ruzaiqat mountain caused floods on Saturday night. The city council dispatched equipment to change the course of the torrent into flood drainage systems so it does not reach homes in this mountanious area.


Bodies of North Carolina brother and sister recovered after deadly flash flood in Smithfield, North Carolina

The bodies of two young siblings missing in a deadly flash flood in Smithfield, North Carolina earlier this week have been recovered. Rescuers found 4-year-old Abraham Martinez Jr.'s body in a creek near Neuse River on Thursday morning and 12 hours later, recovered his sister, 5-year-old, Alexa Castro in shallow water 30 yards away, the Johnston County Sheriff's Office confirmed.

The harrowing ordeal took place on Monday night when Vanessa Castro and her two children were in her car that was swept off the Galilee Road in Smithfield, outside of Raleigh, during a violent flash flood storm. Rising floodwaters swept the vehicle away

According to emergency officials, more than seven inches of rain fell in Smithfield overnight, causing numerous roads to flood in the area.

Recordings of the mother's 911 calls from that night obtained by News & Observer captured the mother's fear and panic.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning killed 64 in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2019, highest in 5 years - rainfall was 144% of the seasonal average

The state recently experienced heavy rainfall and thunderstorms due to the monsoon. While the rainfall in 2019 was more than 100% of the seasonal average in the state, Gujarat also reported its highest number of deaths due to lightning for the past five years in 2019, revealed the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report 'Accidental Deaths & Suicides in India'.

Deaths due to lightning accounted for 46% of the total deaths attributed to 'forces of nature' in the report. Experts pointed to reasons such as more thundershowers/thunderstorms and more persons working outdoors. The report did not provide city or district-wise details for these deaths.