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Heavy downpours dampen olive harvest outlook in Greece

While olive growers and producers are preparing for the upcoming harvesting season in Greece, several of the country's most productive regions have been battered by heavy downpours and gusts of wind.

Severe damage, including flooded groves, broken olive trees and drupes destroyed by hail, was reported by producers in the Ionian islands, parts of the central mainland, Crete, the western Peloponnese and the Halkidiki peninsula in the north.
The recent gales and torrential rains that swept our area caused excessive destruction, hardly leaving any fruits on many of our olive trees.

- Nikolaos Kalliafas, olive grower in Aetolia-Acarnania


Boy dies after dog attack at house in Caerphilly, Wales

Caerphilly dog attack: Eight stone pitbull 'that killed 10-year-old boy' pictured

Caerphilly dog attack: Eight stone pitbull 'that killed 10-year-old boy' pictured
A 10-year-old boy has died following reports of a dog attack near Caerphilly in Wales.

Gwent Police said they were called to an address in Pentwyn, Penyrheol, at around 3.55pm on Monday and confirmed the child had died at the scene.

The dog was destroyed by firearms officers and no other animals were involved in the attack, the force said.

Chief Superintendent Mark Hobrough said: "Officers will be making further enquiries at this time and will remain at the scene as the investigation progresses.

"It is possible that you may see ongoing police activity in Caerphilly as part of this work.

Comment: This is the 3rd such fatality due to a canine attack in 4 days and also the 11th in 36 days:


6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes south of Nicaragua

The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 has struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Nicaragua.

The quake, at a moderate depth of 35 kilometers (22 miles) occurred at 12:25 a.m. local time Tuesday. The epicenter was 61.4 kilometers (38.1 miles) south of Masachapa and a few miles further south of the municipality of San Rafael del Sur.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties and no tsunami warning was issued.

Source: AP


Early snowfall in Morocco



Early snowfall hits Algeria


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Violent rainstorm and strong torrents sweep over Oman

A terrible rainstorm, strong winds and strong torrents sweep the Wilayat of Shinas, Musandam! Oman

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Violent hailstorm causes deep accumulations of hail in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi media published images of the Al-Namas governorate north of the Saudi capital in white, documenting cold, heavy rain and low air temperatures of 4 degrees Celsius.

The weather condition prompted residents and visitors to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the severe cold covering some parts of the province and the rain lovers to flock to the place to monitor the situation.

The Saudi newspaper, Sup, reported that competent officers were deployed on the roads to alert motorists and deal with any emergencies.

It is noteworthy that al-Namas and all the southwestern highlands of the kingdom were subjected to unstable weather on Sunday afternoon, which led to thickening of clouds, rain and severe cold.

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21cm of rain in a night floods several localities of Chennai, India

Incessant rain since Saturday night inundated many parts of Chennai, evoking memories of the 2015 deluge. The city registered 21.53cm of rainfall, on Saturday night; on Nov 16, 2015, the city received 24.6cm rainfall.

The downpour inundated several areas and halted train services, while motorists and pedestrians faced a tough time as several interior roads were waterlogged.

Chief minister M K Stalin announced a holiday for government offices in Chennai on Monday and asked private organisations to permit staff to work from home. He also urged PM Narendra Modi to grant funds for flood relief. The PM assured Stalin that enough funds will be allocated.

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Bodies of 3 climbers found under snow after avalanche in Nepal

Search team members use probe devices to
© Mingma Gyalje Sherpa
Search team members use probe devices to locate the missing climbers.
A high-altitude search and rescue team recovered the bodies of three French climbers buried under two metres of snow, days after they had gone missing on the slope of a mountain hit by an avalanche in the Everest region.

Inspector Rishi Raj Dhakal, chief of the Solukhumbu district police office, told the Post that the search team had located the bodies on Sunday. The bodies, however, were retrieved on Monday and airlifted to Kathmandu for postmortem, he said.

The three climbers—Thomas Arfi, Gabriel Miloche and Louis Pachoud—were reported missing on October 31. According to reports, they had last made contact on October 26 via satellite phone from their camp.

They were apparently caught in an avalanche.

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About 600 people declared dead or missing during floods in China in 2021

Water, water everywhere and all the broads did sink
Nearly 600 people died or went missing due to floods in China from January to October, Pengpai newspaper reported citing the country's ministry of emergency situations.

During the 10-month period, 58.9 million people were affected by floods in China, 3.5 million were evacuated and 203,000 homes were destroyed, while direct economic losses reached 240.6 billion Yuan ($37.6 billion).

On October 11, the ministry of finance and the ministry of emergency situations allocated over $12.4 million for flood control and disaster relief in Shanxi and Shaanxi provinces which, for the past week, have been hit hard by continuous rains and floods.