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Lightning strike kills 3 in Magura, Bangladesh

Three people were killed in a lightning strike at Sreepur upazila in Magura on Wednesday afternoon, reports BSS.

The deceased were identified as Nizam Sheikh, 60, Mohammad Ali Biswas, 50, and Shahadat Ali, 60. Nizam Sheikh and Shahadat Ali were the residents at Char Chaugacha village in Sreepur Upazila while Mohammad Ali Biswas was a resident in Rajbari district.

Local people said Nizam Sheikh, Mohammad Ali and Shahadat Ali were struck by a thunderbolt at around 3:30pm during rain in a crop's field in Char Chaugacha village area. They were brought at Sreepur Upazila Health Complex where the duty doctor declared them dead.

Sreepur Upazila Nirbahi Officer Shyamananda Kundu said they would give Taka 25,000 each of the victim's family.


Magnitude 7.6 earthquake hits near Tonga, no tsunami warning is issued

An earthquake of magnitude 7.4 struck off Tonga on Thursday, United States Geological Survey said.

The quake was at a depth of 212 km (132 miles) and the epicenter was at a distance of 73km northwest of Hihifo, Tonga, the USGS reported.

Hihifo is the main village on the island of Niuatoputapu, north of Tonga's main group of islands.

The U.S. Tsunami Warning System said there was no tsunami warning.

Angie Pula Letuligasenoa was in her home in Iliili, near Pago Pago International Airport, when the 'rolling' earthquake struck.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy floods, landslides in Yemen kill at least 24

Torrential rain and flooding has killed at least 24 people in Yemen since the beginning of May.
© AFP/File
Torrential rain and flooding has killed at least 24 people in Yemen since the beginning of May.
Torrential rain and flooding has killed at least 24 people in Yemen since the beginning of May, with the country's National Meteorological Center on Tuesday issuing a new warning to Yemenis against traversing watercourses.

The meteorological center in Sanaa forecast rainfall across the country's central and northern highlands in Saada, Hajjah, Dhamar and other regions, advising residents to avoid traveling through and staying in flood courses. The same center issued a similar warning about excessive rainfall, inundation and landslides in mountainous regions of the country.

The warnings come as local media and villagers claim that heavy rains triggered severe floods that killed at least 24 people and washed away farms, residences and vehicles. Other local media reports place the death toll from flooding since the beginning of the month at more than 40.

Cloud Precipitation

Flash flooding in Houston as cars submerged

Houston is experiencing flash flooding as heavy rain drenches parts of the state on Tuesday leading to cars submerged in water and water rescues.

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Somerset in the UK hit by flash floods and mudslides as major incident declared

Car submerged in floodwater at the A359 in Queen Camel
© Kerry Romans
Car submerged in floodwater at the A359 in Queen Camel.
A major incident has been declared in Somerset after heavy thunderstorms caused severe flash floods and mudslides across the county.

Entire villages have been cut off with people ordered to leave their homes on Tuesday as water levels reached 4ft-high in the worst affected areas.

Parents of children at two primary schools in the county were told they should not go to the school because of flooded roads, it was reported on social media.

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Moment of massive avalanche in British Columbia captured on drone camera

The footage captures an avalanche in British Columbia, Canada.
A Victoria photographer says it was 'pure, dumb luck' that he was able to shoot some rare drone video of a British Columbia avalanche.


California statewide snowpack is over 300% of average

Current regional snowpack from automated sensors.
© cdec.water.ca.gov
Current regional snowpack from automated sensors.
It is no secret that the winter of 2022/23 will go down in history as one of the best ever. 18 resorts throughout the western United States set snowfall records, many of them in California.

The banner year continues to leave a lasting impression as the current snow water content as of May 8 for the entire state of California is at 304% of normal. Most impressive is the Southern Sierra which is currently at 401% of normal. The Northern Sierra/Trinity area is at 258%, while the Central Sierra is at 295%.


21 die as fires rage in swaths of Russia's Urals (UPDATE)


Raging wildfires blot out Sun, turn sky red in Kurgan Region, Russia.
Raging fires have consumed swaths of Russia's Urals mountains, killing at least four people, razing hundreds of homes, forcing evacuations and spurring investigations, officials said on Sunday.

Wildfires are common in late spring and summer across Russia's vast forests and grassy steppes, but some recent blazes have fanned suspicions of negligence.

The fires spread to some settlements in the southern region of Kurgan, prompting a visit by Alexander Kurenkov, the emergency minister, early on Monday.

"A difficult situation has developed," Kurenkov said in a post on the Telegram messaging app.

Comment: Update May 9

The Associated Press reports:
The death toll from wildfires in Russia's Ural Mountains rose to 21 Tuesday, Russian state news agency Tass reported, citing local emergency service agencies.

Wildfires have raged in the Kurgan region of the Urals and in Siberia all week. A resident of western Siberia's Tyumen province died while attempting to extinguish a fire.

According to local authorities, most of the deaths occurred Sunday in the Kurgan province village of Yuldus, which is located on the border between the Ural Mountains and Siberia.

"The death toll may increase," regional emergency service officials said.

A state of emergency was introduced in the province, where more than 5,000 buildings have burned down. Fires also have engulfed thousands of hectares (acres) in Sverdlovsk province, and in Siberia's Omsk and Tyumen provinces.

During a Monday visit to Kurgan province, Russia's emergency situations minister of Emergency Situations said settlements were no longer at risk from the blazes, though local media reported Tuesday that fires still burned there, as well as in Sverdlovsk and Tyumen.


Indiana woman dies after vicious dog attack

dog attack
In Indiana woman was killed and her son hospitalized after being mauled by a dog, according to police.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) officers were alerted to reports of an aggressive animal on Forsythia Drive at about 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9.

When officers arrived, they spoke with a neighbor who said someone had been attacked by a dog at a nearby home, according to Fox59. Police made their way into the home, and they found a woman on the ground inside the nearby garage.

There were 81 fatal dog attacks across the U.S. in 2021, with 17 being registered in the Midwest, according to DogsBite.org. This was a noticeable increase in such deaths from the year before, when there were 62 fatal dog attacks, with 18 registered in the Midwest.


Peru: Hundreds of passengers stranded after heavy snowfall in Cusco

Meteorological DANA causes unusual snowfall in Cusco and low temperatures in the southern sierra

Meteorological DANA causes unusual snowfall in Cusco and low temperatures in the southern sierra
Hundreds of passengers and tourists, both domestic and foreign, were affected by the delay of flights at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in the city of Cusco, due to the heavy snowfall recorded in the area.

Since early in the morning, visitors from Europe, North America, and South America have awaited the resumption of their flights, particularly connecting flights.

It should be noted that the resumption of flights is likely to occur as weather conditions improve.

Although no one has issued a communiqué on the impact of the snowfall, various airlines maintain and will resume their services in the following hours.