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Thousands evacuate as river reaches record high in Uruguay - up to 6 inches of rain in 24 hours

Floods in Uruguay March 2024
© SINAEFloods in Uruguay March 2024
Flooding in the department of Florida in the south of Uruguay has displaced almost 2,000 people after the Santa Lucía Chico River reached record highs.

Six temporary evacuation centres have been set up to house those displaced. The hardest hit areas are in the city of Florida, departmental capital.

Local officials said 120 mm of rain fell in the city of Florida in 24 hours to 21 March 2024. This comes after an earlier period of rain that began around 14 March which also caused flooding in the city and forced almost 300 people to evacuate.

The latest bout of rain caused the Santa Lucía Chico River which runs along the outskirts of the city to jump to record highs. As of 21 March, officials reported the Santa Lucía Chico River stood at 10.56 metres, beating the previous high by 1.2 metres.


Four-year-old girl dies after stray dog attack in Telangana, India

dog attack
A four-year old girl, who sustained serious injuries when a pack of stray dogs attacked her on March 2, died while undergoing treatment at a hospital here on Friday.

Bhukya Shanvi of Thatiguda village was admitted to a hospital in the district headquarters after she received grievous injuries in the stray dog attack.

She is the only daughter of Amar Singh, a farmer, while her mother Saritha is a home-maker.

Amar Singh requested the officials to take steps to address stray dogs menace and to prevent recurrence of similar incidents in the future.

Locals said that the dogs were attacking the children and elderly persons in several parts of Pembi mandal at regular intervals. They expressed concern over the safety of their kids and senior citizens.


Large hailstorm with 'golf ball sized' hail hits Spanish city of Zamora

Residents of Zamora, in northwest Spain, compared the hailstones to golf balls as the storm hit overnight.

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River overflows in Bolivian capital city of La Paz

Excess rainfall has caused eight of the 10 reservoirs that supply water to La Paz and the neighbouring city of El Alto to overflow, flooding the city's low-lying neighbourhoods.


Shallow 6.4 magnitude earthquake hits off Indonesia's Java island

A magnitude-6.4 offshore earthquake hit near Indonesia's Java island on Friday, the United States Geological Survey said, with the tremor felt in the capital Jakarta.

The quake had a depth of approximately eight kilometres (five miles), and struck off Java island's northern coast near Bawean island at about 3:52 pm local time (0852 GMT), the USGS said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, and no tsunami warning was issued by local authorities.

Indonesia, a vast archipelago nation, experiences frequent earthquakes due to its position on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of intense seismic activity where tectonic plates collide that stretches from Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.

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The Polar Vortex is spinning backwards

Earlier this month, atmospheric scientists noticed something unusual in the Arctic stratosphere. The polar vortex was spinning backward.

"The vortex changed direction around March 4th," reports Dr. Amy Butler, author of NOAA's Polar Vortex Blog. "It was a substantial reversal, reaching -20.5 m/s a few days ago, which puts it in the top 6 strongest such events since 1979."
Polar Vortex
© NOAA Climate Gov Data: Waugh et al 2017
Two weeks later, it is still spinning backwards. What's going on?

"Atmospheric planetary waves have been breaking in the polar stratosphere, increasing its temperature," says Butler. "We call this a 'Sudden Stratospheric Warming' event, and it can cause the vortex to change direction.'"

In recent years, many people have heard the phrase "polar vortex" because of the effect it can have on winter weather. When the polar vortex is strong and stable, it helps confine cold air to polar regions. When the vortex weakens or becomes disturbed, cold air spills out to lower latitudes.


Shocking images of large hail in the provinces of Buenos Aires and La Pampa, Argentina

The size of the hail almost like an apple
The size of the hail almost like an apple
A strong storm moving towards the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area (AMBA) affected the interior of the Buenos Aires territory on Tuesday afternoon, where in several locations there was damage to homes and public roads due to the fall of hail and winds of more than 100 kilometers per hour. A red alert has already been issued at the Ezeiza Airport.

The phenomenon, which is expected to reach the suburbs around night, caused roofs to fall and trees to fall in some cities.


Angry elephant lifts safari truck into the air, 'traumatizes' tourists in South Africa

An angry bull elephant in Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa attacked a safari truck, twice lifting it into the air and slamming it down as terrified tourists took cover between the seats.

Video posted on YouTube by iReport South Africa shows the attack from afar and from inside the truck.

The driver yelled at the elephant "hey, hey, move, move." He slammed the side of his door. But nothing worked.

Snowflake Cold

Watch the game-changing new film that explodes climate change and net zero Lies

Martin Durkin
Martin Durkin
A potentially game-changing film on the fraudulent climate change narrative and the collectivist Net Zero project hits global social media screens today. "Climate change is an invented scare of self-interest and snobbery, cynically promoted by a parasitic, publicly-funded establishment hungry for power and money," says writer Martin Durkin. The attitude of middle class environmentalists can be summed up as "how can we stop people buying cheap things in shops", observes Baroness Claire Fox. On the science side, the 2022 Nobel Physics laureate Dr. John Clauser asserts: "There is no correlation between temperature change and carbon dioxide - it is all a crock of crap."

The new film is a long-awaited sequel to Durkin's The Great Global Warming Swindle film shown on Channel 4 in 2007. The outcry from activists at the time led to the banning of sceptical climate science views across most mainstream media, bans that continue to this day. The new film is called Climate: The Movie and features many top sceptical climate scientists. It lays out the politically-supressed views surrounding natural climate variation in riveting and persuasive detail. As Durkin notes at the beginning, his new film is the story of how an eccentric environmental scare grew into a powerful global industry. "When I hear people pontificating about a rise of one and a half degrees, I think what have they been smoking?" says Emeritus Professor William Happer of Princeton.

Comment: Durkin's previous film on the subject: The Great Global Warming Swindle

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Torrential rain triggers chaos and flooding in Sri Racha, Thailand

Vehicles struggle to navigate through flooded Highway 331 Mab Eiang-Laem Chabang Road near Pintong 1-2 Industrial Estates, showcasing the hazardous driving conditions caused by relentless downpours and runoff in Sri Racha.
Vehicles struggle to navigate through flooded Highway 331 Mab Eiang-Laem Chabang Road near Pintong 1-2 Industrial Estates, showcasing the hazardous driving conditions caused by relentless downpours and runoff in Sri Racha.
The aftermath of a scorching heat wave was swiftly replaced by torrential rain, plunging several regions in the east into a state of chaos as flooding wreaked havoc on local infrastructure.

On March 19, at 6 p.m., in Sri Racha district, 40 kilometres north of Pattaya, specifically beneath the Nong Yai Bu Bridge-Nong Kho intersection, water levels surged to nearly a meter high, leaving small cars and motorcycles stranded in its wake. The deluge also inundated the Tiger Zoo - Nong Kho Road, prompting authorities to issue warnings advising small vehicles to steer clear of the flooded streets.

Simultaneously, relentless downpours on Highway 331 Mab Eiang-Laem Chabang Road near the Pintong 1-2 Industrial Estates combined with runoff from nearby hills, submerged vehicles and created treacherous driving conditions for commuters.