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Three killed in elephant attack in Odisha, India

Three men were trampled to death after a wild elephant attacked them in Duigoti village under Ghaisilot police limits under Padampur range today morning.

The deceased has been identified as Mal Seth and Biranchi Kumbhar, both are residents of Umrad village under Raisalpadar grampanchyat and other man had come to visit his relatives house.

Sources said, three had gone to the field to attend nature's call when the wild tusker attacked them and killed them on the spot.

Earlier, also many have been killed due to the elephant attack in the village.

Ice Cube

England's coldest April since 1922, Germany's chilliest since 1917

Snowy landscape
It may be late-April, but spring 2021 is a no show across much of Europe.

The continent is suffering a climatic reality similar to that of the previous prolonged spell of reduced solar output: not since the Centennial Minimum (1880-1920) have Europeans suffered an April this cold and snowy.


Despite the cherry-picking, the UHI-sidestepping, and the unrelenting propaganda, the British Isles simply won't heat up — the UK's agenda-shoveling Met Office has admitted as much themselves.

Recently, one of the Met Office's key data sets revealed that the 2010s actually came out cooler than the 2000s — a fact that goes against ALL mainstream logic: we were told average temperatures would rise "linearly," always up and up and up on an endless march to catastrophe if no poverty-inducing action was taken...

The Central England Temperature record (CET) measures the monthly mean surface air temperatures for the Midlands region of England. It is the longest series of monthly temperature observations in existence anywhere in the world, with data extending all the way back to the year 1659.

The CET's mean reading for April, 2021 (to the 18th) is sitting at just 5.8C — that's 1.5C below the 1961-1990 average (the current standard period of reference for climatological data used by the WMO-an historically cool era btw), and ranks as the coldest April since 1922, and the 18th coldest since records began 362 years ago.

Comment: Outsiders Weather and Ice Age Watch: Record freezing temperatures felt across the globe


Rare mass stranding of 'sea potato' shells at UK beach

Hundreds, if not thousands, of bizarre, hollow orbs which washed up on a north-east beach this week have been baffling locals.
Ryan and Elliot

The unusual grey heart-shaped shells drifting ashore at Fraserburgh have had many walkers scratching their heads over their unusual appearance and sheer amount.

The odd little orbs, covering much of the beach, are actually the ghosts of a species of sea urchin, Echinocardium cordatum, often fondly referred to as "sea potatoes".

In effect, the beach has become a graveyard for the urchins' hollow remains, whose Latin name translates literally to "spiny heart," in a fitting nod to their unusual shape.


Man killed by brown bear in Hokkaido, Japan

Close to 11 a.m. on April 10, a resident of Kushiro City in Hokkaido who had traveled to the mountains to pick edible flora with his wife was attacked by a brown bear and died shortly after. Though his wife called emergency services as soon as she heard her husband scream and witnessed him being attacked by a "black, bear-like animal", he was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death appeared to be the crushing of his head and throat.

Though the emergency services who arrived at the scene were unable to locate the animal responsible, this is unfortunately not an especially unexpected occurrence. Experts warn that bears that have just woken up from hibernation are the most likely to encounter humans, as they wander further afield in search of food. Adding to this peril is the fact that brown bear populations are on the rise in Hokkaido, which increases the risk of an encounter.

Comment: About a week later: Montana guide mauled to death in grizzly bear attack outside Yellowstone

Related: Bear attacks increasing worldwide


Up to 16 inches of spring snowfall hits Colorado

Monday's snowstorm dropped as much as 16 inches of snow along the northern Front Range and between to 4 and 5 inches around Denver.


Montana guide mauled to death in grizzly bear attack outside Yellowstone

Charles Mock, 40, died of scalp and facial wounds after managing to call 911 for help

A Montana backcountry guide has died after he was mauled by a large grizzly bear that was probably defending a nearby moose carcass just outside Yellowstone national park, officials said Monday.

Charles "Carl" Mock, 40, who lived in the park gateway community of West Yellowstone, died Saturday, two days after he was attacked while fishing alone in a forested area along the Madison River several miles north of West Yellowstone, said a Gallatin county sheriff's office spokesperson, Christine Koosman.

The male bear, which weighed at least 420 pounds (190kg), was later shot and killed when it charged wildlife workers investigating the attack.

The moose carcass was found about 50 yards (45 meters) from the site of the attack, said a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesperson, Morgan Jacobsen.

Comment: A report from 2020: 7 Yellowstone-area grizzly bear attacks this year - record high for the first 6 months

See also: Bear attacks increasing worldwide


528 died in human-elephant conflict in the Indian state of Odisha in last 5 years

Charging elephant
© Getty
Charging elephant
Around a quarter of these deaths occurred during summer season between April and June

As many as 528 people died and 443 sustained injuries in human-elephant conflicts in Odisha in the last five years, according to the data shared by the Wildlife Society of Odisha (WSO), a non-profit working in the wildlife sector.

Around a quarter of these casualties (118) occurred during the summer season between April and June.

The WSO analysed human deaths by the pachyderms from April 2017 to April 14, 2021.

As many as five persons died in the state and the same number sustained injuries in the first two weeks of April this year, sources said. Debendra Badhei (53) from Bargarh district's Khalliamunda village died as recently as April 14.

Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods leave 14 dead in Luanda, Angola

Floods in Luanda Angola, 19 April 2021.
© Government of Luanda
Floods in Luanda Angola, 19 April 2021.
Heavy rain and flash floods in Luanda, capital of Angola, caused fatalities and widespread damage on 19 April 2021.

According to a report from the Government of Luanda Province, as of late 19 April, preliminary figures showed 14 people had died, 2 were injured, 1,617 homes flooded and 16 collapsed. As many as 8,165 people are thought to have been displaced or severely affected as a result.

Roads in the south of the city were closed after a bridge of the Camorteiro River in the municipality of Talatona was partially destroyed.


Magnitude-6.0 quake strikes near Indonesian coast - USGS

Nias quake map
© US Geological Survey
A magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck not far from Nias Island off the western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, according to the US Geological Survey, which put the tremor at a depth of 6.2 miles (10km).

The quake hit 80 miles (129km) off the west coast of Nias Island on Tuesday morning, the USGS reported. While Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) noted there is currently no tsunami risk, they warned residents to brace for possible aftershocks and estimated the initial quake to have been 6.4 in magnitude.

The jolt comes just days after another 6.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Java, Indonesia's main island, killing at least eight people and damaging more than 1,300 buildings. That quake struck much deeper, however, at 51 miles (82km).


Wildfire descends Table Mountain in South Africa, torching University of Cape Town

wildifre cape town south africa
© AP Photo/Jerome Delay
Residential neighborhoods are lit by raging fires in Cape Town, South Africa, Monday, April 19, 2021.
Firefighters in Cape Town finally brought a wildfire under control Monday after it swept across the slopes of the city's famed Table Mountain, burning the university's historic library and forcing the evacuation of some neighborhoods.

The smoldering fire is being watched for flareups amid high winds and hot, dry conditions.

City authorities said the fire, which started early Sunday, was "largely contained" more than 24 hours later.

The fire had already badly damaged the library and other buildings on the campus of the University of Cape Town on Sunday, as well as other historic buildings nearby. Fueled by the high winds, it spread through the wild bush on the mountain slopes toward the city's center and the surrounding residential areas.

Devil's Peak, one of the iconic points of the mountain which overlooks downtown Cape Town, was lit up by flames as the fire raged through the night. Residents of suburbs on the mountain slopes were evacuated early Monday as the blaze came dangerously close to their homes.