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Killer heatwaves are ravaging India - and things are about to get worse

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© Sunil Ghosh/Hindustan Times via Getty ImagesChild cools down in water fountain in scorching heat at sector 34 on May 29, 2024 in Noida, India. Maximum temperature reaching as high as 47.3C, highest recorded this season.



Comment: The attribution of the heatwave to human carbon emissions is both wrong and wrong-headed. Despite this, the temperatures and the numbers of people affected by the heatwaves are still noteworthy.


Even in a country so accustomed to spells of searing heat, India has been grappling with temperatures that have seen the mercury rise to increasingly unbearable heights - and with fatal consequences.

Delhi recorded close to 50C (122F) in May, while the heatwave sweeping across other states in northern India has taken a substantial toll on the nation's election workers. According to experts, rising summer temperatures are here to stay.

As many as 61 people have died due to the current heatwave, including 33 on election duty and a voter in Uttar Pradesh (UP), India's most populous state, as well as eight on election duty in neighboring Bihar. The Health Ministry confirmed 56 heat-related deaths in the country by May 30, 46 of which had happened in that month alone.

The Indian Meteorological Department issued an orange alert (cautioning people to "be prepared") on June 1, the final day of voting, and the 'loo' - the hot summer wind - depressed the turnout by 61.63%, 3.5% lower than in 2019.

What is worrying is that the latest World Weather Attribution Report released last month predicts that such heatwaves will be 45 times more likely (compared to pre-industrial times) in the years to come, attributing the cause to human-induced climate change.

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Lightning strike kills 2 in Telangana, India

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Two persons lost their lives after being struck by lightning in Medak on Wednesday night. The victims were identified as Siddaiah, 33, and Nandu, 22, both residents of Shamnapur village in Haveli Ghanpur, who worked as daily labourers.

On Wednesday night, while the duo were traveling home on a two-wheeler during heavy rain accompanied by lightning and thunder, they sought shelter near a hillock on the outskirts of the village.

But lightning struck, resulting in their death. Locals informed the police officials, who initiated an investigation.

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Lightning strike kills 40 goats in Maharashtra, India

Lightning Strike Kills 40 Goats in Satara District: Shepherd Narrowly Escapes
Lightning Strike Kills 40 Goats in Satara District: Shepherd Narrowly Escapes
Lightning strike has killed 40 goats in Satara district on Wednesday. However, the shepherd, Jagannath Shripati Kolekar, narrowly escaped the death.

The incident took place in the Phaltan tehsil of Satara district.

Upon receiving information about the incident, the staff of the Wai Tehsil official arrived at the scene and conducted a Panchnama.

In the past two days, Wai, Phaltan and Kahtav tehsils has experienced sudden pre-monsoon rains, resulting in water entering nearby shops due to flooding at Bavdhan Naka.

The onset of rain at 4pm on Wednesday proved fatal for the goats in Pasrani, with strong winds and lightning. However, the shepherd, who was fortunate to be standing at a distance, remained unharmed.

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SOTT Focus: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - May 2024: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

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Solar activity continued to intensify throughout May, triggering the most powerful geomagnetic storm over two decades, disrupting power grids, telecommunications, air travel, and GPS services. But these effects were overshadowed by stunning auroras seen far to the south, dazzling millions of witnesses around the globe. It was the most intense display in 500 years!

While some countries in the northern hemisphere, such as Mexico and India, experienced extreme heat, parts of the southern hemisphere were hit by early heavy snow and the northern hemisphere by unseasonably cold temperatures for May.

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One dead, multiple injured after another tornado outbreak in the US

A tornado near cars in Montgomery County, Maryland.
© Fire & Rescue Service spokesperson Pete PiringerA tornado near cars in Montgomery County, Maryland.
The latest tornado outbreak in the U.S. has damaged parts of Michigan and Maryland.

One tornado just outside Detroit killed a 2-year-old boy after it toppled a tree onto his house.


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500,000 stranded in Bangladesh after rain-triggered flooding

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More than half a million people have been marooned after vast swathes of land were inundated in north-eastern Bangladesh.

Officials said that a district of Sylhet was hit by sudden flooding triggered by heavy rain upstream on Friday.

According to the local administration, the government opened nearly 550 temporary shelters as the flooding affected some 533,202 residents in remote villages and townships in the district.

"We are trying to move the flood-affected people to safety," said Sheikh Rasel Hasan, chief administrator of the district.


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Blizzard in the Himalayas traps trekkers, killing 9

Snow-covered Nanda Devi mountain
© Reuters File PhotoSnow-covered Nanda Devi mountain is seen from the town of Auli in the northern Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, India.
At least nine Indian trekkers died in the Himalayas after getting trapped during a blizzard, authorities said on Thursday, as rescue teams airlifted their bodies and five survivors to safety.

The Indian Air Force shared footage on Thursday that showed rescue teams working near a helicopter in the snow-covered mountains.

The group of climbers from the southern state of Karnataka were hit by heavy snowfall in the remote mountains of Uttarakhand state in north India, said Krishna Byre Gowda, a top Karnataka minister.

"Snow intensified into blizzard. By 6 PM, 2 trekkers succumbed to bad weather. Snow and wind made movement impossible. Visibility dropped to nil. They huddled together for the night on the route. Some more succumbed in the night," Gowda wrote in a social media post on Wednesday.

A guide with the group alerted rescuers about the situation on Tuesday evening after trekking for a while to find mobile network connectivity, and teams reached the spot early on Wednesday, the minister added.


(Reporting by Shivam Patel and Tanvi Mehta; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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All Swiss glaciers are well above the average

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© Keystone/Mayk WendtAccording to the Swiss Glacier Monitoring Network (Glamos), at the end of April there was around 31% more snow on all of Switzerland's 1,400 glaciers than the average for the years 2010 to 2020.
The peak of the snow accumulation was most likely reached on Monday, wrote glaciologist Matthias Huss on the social media platform X on Tuesday.

"From now on, the melt will dominate," Huss continued. This year's weather has been a blessing for the Swiss glaciers so far.

According to the Swiss Glacier Monitoring Network (Glamos), at the end of April there was around 31% more snow on all of Switzerland's 1,400 glaciers than the average for the years 2010 to 2020. Since these measurements were taken, the condition of the glaciers has improved even further, wrote Huss.

This suggests that the glacier melt in 2024 is likely to be lower than in the two previous years.

In the last two years, Swiss glaciers have lost a total of 10% of their ice. Following the record loss of 6% in 2022, glacier ice melted by a further 4% in 2023.

Adapted from German by DeepL/amva

Comment: Interesting that the source of this article chose the headline "The glacier melt in the Swiss Alps has begun", which does not reflect the news that all the glaciers are all above normal. It is still very much an inconvenient truth to the MSM that the warming they have invested so much in, isn't happening anymore.

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Lightning strike kills 2 women in Karnataka, India

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Two women were killed in a lightning attack, when they were working on the field, at Doddamagga village, in Arkalgud taluk, Hassan district, on Wednesday afternoon. Three others, who were with them, have been injured.

The deceased are Dyavamma (60) and Puttamma (60). Three others - Marigowda, Usha and Saroja, have been seriously injured and have been admitted to the government hospital in Arkalgud town.

Allegedlly, they were working on the agricultural field, sowing jowar at around 1 pm on Wednesday. As it started raining, they sought refuge under a tree, when the lightning struck, killing two on the spot.

Arkalgud MLA A Manju visited the hospital, consoled the family members and inquired about the health of the injured. He also directed the tahsildar to ensure the grieving families get government compensation.

Comment: On the same day in adjacent Pakistan a lightning strike killed 2 brothers in Punjab.


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Lightning strike kills 3 in Bulacan, Philippines

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A teen and two children were killed Tuesday by a lightning strike in a rice field in this town.

Pulilan police chief Colonel Jerome Jay Ragonton identified the victims as Rexter Enriquez, 16; April Almorade, 11; and Roxane Enriquez, 12, all of Sitio Tangos, Barangay Inaon.

Ragonton said the lightning strike occurred around 3 p.m. when the victims, with five cousins, were playing under a mango tree in the middle of the rice field.

An initial investigation showed that the victims decided to head home when they noticed the sky darkening and rain approaching.

Comment: A day earlier in the same country a strike killed a fisherman in the province of Antique.