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Deadly flash floods strike Praia, Cape Verde

At least one person died after heavy rainfall brought flooding to the island of Santiago in Cape Verde on 12 September.

Flooding hit the country's capital, Praia, as well as other parts of Santiago. Several major roads were blocked, and bridges, buildings and cars damaged. Damage to farmland was also reported. One person, believed to be a young child, died after being swept away by flood waters in Praia. The government reported damage in several districts of the city, including Achada Mato, Jamaica, São Paulo and Fonton. The city recorded around 80mm of rain in 24 hours to 12 September.

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At least 4 dead, 2,000 displaced after floods hit 4 provinces of Indonesia

Floods in East Kotawaringin Regency, Central Kalimantan September 2020 .
© BPBD East Kotawaringin
Floods in East Kotawaringin Regency, Central Kalimantan September 2020 .
At least 4 people have died and over 2,000 displaced after flooding in several provinces of Indonesia over the last few days.

According to Indonesia's National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB), flooding has affected the provinces of Gorontalo, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan and North Sumatra over the last few days.

Gorontalo Province

Three people died and one is still missing after flash floods in Bone Bolango Regency, Gorontalo. Flooding struck after heavy rainfall from 07 September. Around 1,500 people have been displaced from their homes, according to BNPB.


10 Pilot whales beach in Iceland, 8 die

Two whales survived.
© Náttúrustofa Vesturlands
Two whales survived.
A pod of ten pilot whales beached in Álftafjörður on the Snæfellsnes peninsula in West Iceland on Sunday. RÚV reports that most of the whales were dead when a team of biologists and a veterinarian arrived on the scene, but two survived the ordeal.

The West Iceland Nature Research Center received a call around 2:00pm alerting them to the pilot whales' dire situation. When the team arrived, they found one whale swimming just offshore from where the rest of its pod had beached. One of the beached animals was still alive but having trouble breathing as it was stuck on its side and the tide was coming in.


Mystery surrounds death of 137 sea lions washed up on beach in Baja California Sur, Mexico

One of the 137 dead sea lions is seen on the beach in Baja California Sur state.
One of the 137 dead sea lions is seen on the beach in Baja California Sur state.
Mexican authorities are investigating after 137 dead sea lions washed up on a beach with no sign of how they died.

The country's office for environmental protection has said the animals do not have injuries from getting caught up in fishing nets or lines.

There are also no marks on their bodies from possible collisions with boats.

Both scenarios are common causes of sea lion deaths or injuries.


Weary warblers: Birds seen acting strangely after cold snap in Colorado

Locals have reported seeing birds around their house — and sometimes inside their house — like this juvenile Wilson's Warbler, still learning how to fly.
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Locals have reported seeing birds around their house — and sometimes inside their house — like this juvenile Wilson's Warbler, still learning how to fly.
Those weary Wilson's warblers.

Area residents have been noticing the little yellow and green birds in their yards — sometimes acting punch-drunk — following the cold snap and snowfall last week.

While it seems logical that the behavior is due to the cold snap, there may be two separate things going on simultaneously.

A large number of dead birds in the Fryingpan Valley was reported by residents Wednesday on the Roaring Fork Road and Weather Facebook page.

The event might not be exclusive to the Roaring Fork Valley — on Saturday, the Las Cruces Sun News reported that migratory birds are dying in "unprecedented" numbers throughout New Mexico.

Comment: Related: Growing number of dead birds in southern New Mexico raise alarm for wildlife experts


Spring storm brings up to 15.7 inches of late snow to skifields in New Zealand

Coronet Peak is in the midst of a three-day spring snow storm with 15cm of fresh snow on Tuesday morning.

Coronet Peak is in the midst of a three-day spring snow storm with 15cm of fresh snow on Tuesday morning.
Skiers and snowboarders booking flights to Queenstown could be in for a cracker weekend with the region in the midst of a three-day snow storm.

Treble Cone had up to 40 centimetres of fresh snow dumped at the saddle on Monday night while Coronet Peak and Cardrona skifields​ had 15cm.

Metservice meteorologist Lewis Ferris said more snow was forecast.

Wednesday would bring showers and snow down to 1200 metres, and cold air would drop the snow level to 700m on Thursday, he said.

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Prolonged flood will push up vegetable prices in Bangladesh further - 260,000 hectares of farmland damaged

flooded farmland
The lengthy floods have severely been affecting early winter crop farming in many Bangladesh districts. This is causing fears of further hike in prices of vegetables including onions. Although the water has started receding in 37 flood-stricken districts, many crop lands are still under waist-deep water.

Parts of Rangpur, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Pabna, Natore, Sirajganj, Manikganj, Rajbari, Munshiganj, Faridpur, Madaripur, Shariatpur and Dhaka districts still have flood water, according to the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE). DAE data showed a total of 260,000 hectares of land have been damaged totally by the more than two-month long flood from June 26 to August 31.


Swarms of winged insects invade Siberian city, leaving Russians stunned

Winged insects invade Russian city
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A truly apocalyptic vista has emerged from the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk, after a massive horde of winged insects invaded its streets, forming gargantuan clouds in the air and swarming on the pavements.

Multiple videos of the insect invasion started making the rounds online on Monday, promptly becoming a viral topic in Russia. The bug buildup began in the city over the weekend, becoming particularly intense on Monday morning.


Shallow M6.1 earthquake strikes Fiji Islands Region

Fiji quake map
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An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted 149 km NNE of Labasa, Fiji at 04:12:17 GMT on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 15.145 degrees south latitude and 179.7934 degrees east longitude.


Deep 6.4 magnitude earthquake hits Russia's Kamchatka peninsula

Russia quake map
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The large quake hit Russia's Kamchatka peninsula region on the country's far-east coast, over 6,200 km from Moscow. Specifically, the earthquake struck just 22km West North-West of Esso, Russia, which has a population of around 1,900, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre.

The EMSC said the quake hit at a depth of 320km - nearly 200 miles - at around 03:41 UTC, or 04:41 UK time.

There are no reports of damage or injuries at the time of writing.

However, there have been at least 14 reports of people feeling the quake, according to EMSC.

Accounts vary widely, with some reporting stronger feelings of shaking than others, with the duration of the quake also reported differently amongst people.