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Rare waterspout filmed in County Kerry, Ireland

© Gloria Jean Keller
"The people were running to the pier shouting 'look at that, look at that'."

A photographer and her family were treated to a rare sight while travelling from County Kerry to Connemara in County Galway.

A waterspout formed while they were waiting for a ferry at Tarbert Ferry terminal in County Kerry on Thursday.

"It was fascinating," said Gloria Jean Keller.


Thousands displaced by lake floods in Kenya and Uganda

Thousands of people have been displaced by flooding from lakes in Kenya and Uganda, eastern Africa.

In Uganda, the government reported that rising water levels on Lake Albert and Lake Kyoga had displaced over 8,700 people in Buliisa, Nakasongola and Amolatar districts. Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda visited affected areas on 23 August. He said:

"The devastation caused is immense. The Government of Uganda has provided initial relief to the people affected by floods and will do more. I salute our people for the resilience they have shown in the face of this natural disaster at a time when we are also battling COVID-19."

Buliisa Heritage and Information Centre said flooding from Lake Albert has been causing havoc in Buliisa for over 3 months.

Cloud Precipitation

Niger capital Niamey flooded as Niger River overflows at record level

People carry their belongings while walking in a street flooded by the waters from the Niger river that flooded in the Kirkissoye neighbourhood in Niamey on August 27, 2020.
People carry their belongings while walking in a street flooded by the waters from the Niger river that flooded in the Kirkissoye neighbourhood in Niamey on August 27, 2020.
Update 28 August 2020:

Red Cross Society of Niger (RCSN) reported that as many as 868 houses were destroyed by flooding of the Niger river in Niamay that began 23 August.

A total of 2,283 households (approximately 15,981 people) have been affected with many of them displaced and taking refuge in local schools or host families. One fatality was reported.

The Niger river at Niamey reached 6.69 metres on 28 August 2020. Danger mark here is 6.2 metres and the previous record high was 6.4 metres.

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At least 84 dead and 380,000 affected as floods worsen in Sudan - Blue Nile at record level

Floods in Blue Nile State, Sudan, August 2020.
© Sudan Red Crescent
Floods in Blue Nile State, Sudan, August 2020.
At least 84 people have died and 381,770 affected by heavy rains and flooding in Sudan since the start of the rainy season in July this year.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), quoting preliminary data from the Sudan Government's Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC), said that more than 37,000 homes have been destroyed, forcing most of the families affected to seek shelter with relatives and host communities. Another 39,000 houses 34 schools and 2,671 health facilities have been damaged.

Seventeen of the country's 18 states have been affected. The states with the highest numbers affected are North Darfur (90,505), Sennar (42,325), West Kordofan (35,780) and Kassala (32,510).


Three people killed as wild storm lashes Victoria, Australia leaving thousands without power

Storm damage in Victoria, Australia
© nine
A disastrous storm has ravaged Victoria killing three people, including a four-year-old boy, as it ripped through the state overnight.

The boy, identified as Ayan Kappoor, was killed when a gum tree fell onto him in Blackburn South.

He was taken to the Royal Children's Hospital with critical injuries, but died overnight.

Two others were killed in separate incidents in the deadly storm which left behind a trail of destruction that will take months to clean-up.

A 59-year-old man was killed when a tree crushed his car last night in Belgrave, east of Melbourne.

Victoria Police confirmed the Tecoma man had been leaving a shopping centre car park at the intersection of Terrys Avenue and Ena Road after 6pm when his vehicle was hit by the tree.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Food prices and cargo theft skyrocket

Photo from 23 Aug 2020: Kurush, Dagestan, Russia

Photo from 23 Aug 2020: Kurush, Dagestan, Russia
There is a direct relationship between high food prices and cargo theft. With the UK having its lowest crop yields in 40 years, summer snowdrifts in Russia, the global food landscape looks well under the rosy forecasts in the beginning of 2020. Are you ready for trucks to stop arriving at your supermarkets?

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Afghanistan flash floods death toll reaches at least 151

Youths sit on an overturned vehicle after flash floods triggered by heavy rainfalls affected the area in Jalalabad on August 26, 2020.
Youths sit on an overturned vehicle after flash floods triggered by heavy rainfalls affected the area in Jalalabad on August 26, 2020.
The death toll from the recent flash floods in Afghanistan has increased to 151, as search and rescue operations continued in the affected areas on Friday.

The floods hit Parwan, Kapisa, Panjshir, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Paktia, Paktika, Nuristan, Nangarhar, Laghman, Khost and Ghazni provinces, reports TOLO News.

The worst-hit province of Parwan has so far reported 93 deaths and 110 injured.


Man killed by polar bear on Norway's Arctic Svalbard islands

Polar bear in the Svalbard Islands. File pic

Polar bear in the Svalbard Islands. File pic
A polar bear has attacked a camping site and killed a foreign national in the remote Svalbard Islands on Friday.

The man was rushed to the hospital in Longyearbyen where he was declared dead by doctors, deputy governor Soelvi Elvedah said. Longyearbyen is the main settlement in Norway's Arctic Svalbard archipelago, which sits more than 500 miles north of the Norwegian mainland.

The attack occurred just before 4am and is being investigated, the governor's office said. The victim's identity and citizenship were not immediately given. No-one else was injured, but six people were admitted to hospital with shock.

A post-mortem will be conducted at the University Hospital of North Norway in Tromsoe, north of the Arctic Circle.


Attack by 2 pit bulls results in death of man in Belleville, Illinois

A 61-year-old man is dead following an attack by his stepson's pet dogs.

Stephen F. Pemberton Sr. was killed Wednesday afternoon after the two pit bulls got out of the laundry room where they were held and attacked him, according to the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department. It is unknown if the dogs got out or were let out by Pemberton.

Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene at 309 Campus Drive in unincorporated Belleville at 1:40 p.m., the release stated. There, they found 45-year-old Kelly Knaup who told them his stepfather had been mauled by his dogs.

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Lightning bolt kills 10 children in remote Uganda town

Ten children have been killed in a lightning strike in a remote Ugandan town near the Congo border, Ugandan police said Friday.

The children, whose ages ranged from 9 to 16, were sheltering from the rain in a grass-thatched house when the lightning struck Thursday evening. They had been playing soccer in a nearby field, said Josephine Angucia, police spokeswoman in Uganda's West Nile region.

Four other children were injured, she said.

Deadly lightning is commonly reported in the East African country during the wet seasons.

In some cases, children have been struck while in their classrooms. Many classroom blocks, especially in rural areas, are not equipped with lightning diverters.

Source: AP