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Lightning strikes kill 4 in West Bengal, India

A sudden thunderstorm in parts of East Midnapore and West Midnapore early on Tuesday morning claimed four lives, all agricultural workers, as they were struck by lightning.

At Dubda village in East Midnapore's Egra, farmer Aurobindo Bera, 40, was killed on the spot when lightning struck him, while his wife Mira was seriously injured. The couple were working at their agricultural plot when the accident happened. Mira was rushed to Egra Super Speciality hospital for treatment.

"The incident occurred when a group of farmers was running for cover at the onset of the sudden storm," said an eyewitness.

At Kanpur village in Potashpur station area, Ramkrishna Paikhara, 38, was killed under similar circumstances when farmers were working in an open field. While Paikhara was killed on the spot, his companions suffered injuries and were rushed to the block health centre for treatment.

Comment: On the same day 6 people were fatally struck in the state of Odisha while over in Nepal an individual died and 5 others were injured by a strike.

Cloud Precipitation

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Are we entering Earth's megaflood stage?

Uganda lakes flood
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
As solar activity decreases cosmic rays increase, leading to more floods and out of season atmospheric events. This video describes events and causes for what I feel is earth entering a mega flood stage from here through 2035.

Comment: Check out our topic section on floods.

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Cloud Precipitation

Floods displace 120,000, kill 10 in Chad during August

Flooded areas of Chad (shown in red) late August 2020.
Flooded areas of Chad (shown in red) late August 2020.
Almost 120,000 people were displaced by flooding in Chad in north-central Africa during August 2020, according to a report by International Organization for Migration (IOM).

At least 32,000 of those displaced persons are in N'Djamena, the country's capital city, where 10 people died as a result of flooding that struck on 20 August.

"The flooding has exacerbated the already challenging situation for many of the most vulnerable N'djaménois, who are now seeking refuge in local school buildings after having lost not only their homes but also their livelihoods," explained Anne Schaefer, IOM Chad's Chief of Mission.

Flooding also affected parts of Lac Region since early August, displacing thousands in Kaya and Fouli.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning killed nearly 3,000 in India in 2019

A total of 8,145 deaths were reported in India in the year 2019 due to causes attributable to forces of nature, with nearly 3,000 of them caused due to lightning, a report by National Crime Records Bureau has revealed.

Majority (50.3%) of the victims who were reported to be belonging to the age-group of 30-45 years and 45-60 years together.

While 35.3 per cent of the victims succumbed to lightning, 15.6 per cent deaths occurred due to heat/sun stroke' and 11.6 per cent deaths due to flood.

Bizarro Earth

Magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes northern coast of Chile - 3rd strong quake in 24 hours

Chile Earthquake
© U.S. Geological Survey
The quake was followed by more than a dozen aftershocks -- including one with a magnitude of 6.1.

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck near the coast of Northern Chile on Tuesday, the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences said, with local news media reporting some damage and minor landslides in areas near the epicenter.

Chile's interior ministry said in a statement that mining companies operating in the area had not reported any issues in the 2-1/2 hours since the initial quake. GFZ has reported several aftershocks of magnitudes between 5.5 and 6.2.

Chile is the world's largest copper producer and most of its large operations are in Antofagasta region, more than 300 km (180 miles) north of the quake's epicenter.

Miner Antofagasta Plc told Reuters that its operations at Los Pelambres, the closest large deposit to the epicenter, some 379 km (236 miles) in a straight line, had not been affected.

Patricio Elgueta, a union chief at state miner Codelco's El Salvador mine 200 km (120 miles) north, said operations continued as normal.

Mine facilities and other infrastructure in Chile are built to withstand large quakes.

The interior ministry's National Emergency Office said there had been some localized power outages and landslides blocking roads.

Comment: Also within the same 24 hours: Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes off the coast of Chile - shortly followed by a magnitude 6.3


Ice Age Farmer Report: Food supply spontaneously combusting! Controlled demolition of supply chain

ice age farmer
From grain elevators in Iowa, to sugar silos in New Orleans, to food warehouses in Essex, to grain reserves in Beirut -- the world's food supply chain is going up in flames. With farm labor running from COVID-19 tests, meat plants ordered closed, and weather warfare destroying crops, why not just torch the rest? Christian breaks down a few blazing coincidences this week.



24 dead and 11,000 rescued after more severe floods in Madhya Pradesh, India - 15.7 inches of rain in 24 hours

Flooding in Madhya Pradesh, late August 2020.
© Government of Madhya Pradesh
Flooding in Madhya Pradesh, late August 2020.
More severe flooding struck in the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India.

Authorities report that at least 24 people have died and 11,000 were rescued after flooding struck from 28 August 2020.

Torrential rain was reported in the state from 27 to 31 August. Hoshangabad (also known as Narmadapuram), recorded over 400 mm of rain in 24 hours to 30 August. As of 31 August, the Narmada river at Hoshangabad was 2.10 metres above the danger mark. India's Central; Water Commission said levels were "very close to the historic floods of 1972."

Teams from the military and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have rescued around 11,000 people from flooded areas. And moved them to safety.


Floods leave 17 dead and 1.4 million affected in Odisha, India - 9 inches of rain in 24 hours

At least 17 people have died and over 10,000 homes damaged in floods in the state of Odisha, eastern India.

Days of heavy rainfall affected the state from 25 August, with several areas recording more than 200 mm of rain in 24 hour period. Marshaghai in Kendrapara District recorded 234 mm in 24 hours to 26 August, according to India Meteorological Department.

The heavy rainfall pushed rivers above the danger mark in 5 locations, including the Subarnarekha river in Baleshwar which reached record levels of 6.94 metres on 27 August, well above the danger mark of 5.5m and beating the previous high of 6.8m, according to India's Central Water Commission (CWC).

Disaster authorities report over 1.4 million people have been affected by flooding across floods in 3,256 villages across 20 districts of the state. The affected districts include: Angul, Balasore, Bargarh, Bhadrak, Boudh, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Kendrapara, Keonjhar, Khordha, Mayurbhanj, Nayagarh, Nuapada, Puri, Sambalpur, Subarnapur and Sundargarh.


Unusual sighting of dolphin in river 13 miles from the sea in Cambridgeshire, UK

Richard Priest, 32, and his wife Serena, 41, were strolling along the edge of River Nene in their home town of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, when they spotted a fin in the water

Richard Priest, 32, and his wife Serena, 41, were strolling along the edge of River Nene in their home town of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, when they spotted a fin in the water
A couple taking a walk by their local river were shocked to see a dolphin surfacing in the water - 13 miles away from the sea.

Richard Priest, 32, and his wife Serena, 41, were strolling along the edge of River Nene in their home town of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, when they spotted a fin in the water.

In footage filmed by Mr Priest on August 23, a dolphin can be seen gliding along the surface of the river.

'I was going for a walk with my wife and just by luck, I saw a big ripple in the river, then the dolphin fin popped out the water.

'I thought it was strange and the dolphin must be lost as I have never known a dolphin to be in the river so I reported it to Sea Watch Foundation who were very surprised.'


Summer snowfall in Montana

A red flag warning has been issued for most of Montana east of the Continental Divide for Tuesday and Wednesday.

The flakes were flying on the final day of August. The mountains of western Montana above about 7000 feet had a light accumulation. Light snow and light rain fell on some of the wildfires as well. But in typical Montana fashion, a huge weather swing is about to happen. One day after snow falls in the state, there will be very dangerous fire weather conditions because of wind, low humidity and warm temperatures.