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Lightning kills 2 brothers in Sunamganj, Bangladesh

Two brothers were killed by lightning strike in Madhurapur village in Dirai upazila of Sunamganj district on Wednesday morning, reports UNB.

The deceased were identified as Fakhrul, 47 and Fazlu, 45.

Azizur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Dirai Police Station, said lightning struck the two brothers while they were working on their agricultural field during heavy rains in the morning.

Cloud Lightning

Intense lightning display turns night into day in Malaga, Spain

Lightning over Malaga, Spain
© YouTube/START (screen capture)
Scary night! Terrible lightning strikes turned night into day in Malaga, Spain


Plague of locusts hits southern Israel

Israel locust
© YouTube/ILTV Israel News (screen capture)
Residents of Israel's south may have found themselves swatting insects over the weekend, as a plague of locusts swarmed the area.


'Massive jolts' felt across northeast India as shallow M6.0 earthquake strikes Assam

Assam, India quake map
A 6.0 magnitude earthquake has rocked the Indian state of Assam, with many witnesses reporting powerful tremors felt across the country's northeast amid a series of aftershocks.

The quake struck near the towns Dhekiajuli and Tezpur at a depth of around 18 miles (29km) on Wednesday morning, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), while the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) recorded a depth of just shy of 25 miles (40km). Aftershocks have been reported, with USGS noting one at a magnitude of 4.9 and the European agency listing a total of four, ranging between 3.6 and 4.9 on the Richter scale.

Residents, including a local government minister, took to Twitter to report the "massive" quake, with one deeming it the "scariest earthquake [I have ever] witnessed." Another local said his "whole house vibrated" during the tremors, which he felt for more than 30 seconds.

Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods around Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Flash floods around Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Flooding in Makkah.


Very strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, 27 April

Date & time: 27 Apr 2021 08:05:32 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: 27 Apr 6:05 pm (GMT +10)
Magnitude: 6.1
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 3.49°S / 145.53°E (Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Bam (81 km / 50 mi)

Black Cat

Siberian tiger attacks farm worker and then car in Chinese village

A Siberian tiger has pounced on a field worker and attacked a car in a Chinese village near the country's border with Russia.

The male juvenile tiger was first spotted roaming close to Linhu village in Heilongjiang province on Friday, according to Chinese media.

The tiger then attacked Wang Xue's car as she drove into the area to pick up a relative.

"It turned in the direction of two villagers working in the field," Ms Wang told state media.

"I shouted at them to run, but the tiger then ran straight in my direction."

Snowflake Cold

Temps plummet below zero, early snow falls in South Island, New Zealand

Mt Roy looking over Lake Wanaka on Tuesday morning.

Mt Roy looking over Lake Wanaka on Tuesday morning.
Winter has arrived slightly early in the South Island, with freezing temperatures and dustings of snow in many places this morning.

A midnight storm dumped about a centimetre of snow onto the Porters Alpine Resort near Castle Hill near Arthur's Pass early this morning.

And parts of inland Canterbury and Otago woke to below-zero temperatures, down to -3.2 deg C.

Porters operations manager Blair James hoped the cold snap was an early indicator of good snowfall this season.

He said the dump marked two weeks in a row of snowfall and cold temperatures - weather which makes him hopeful for a good season to come.

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At least 15 dead in glacier avalanche in Uttarakhand, India (UPDATE)

According to reports, 384 persons have been rescued so far.

According to reports, 384 persons have been rescued so far.
At least eight people died and 384 were rescued after a glacier broke triggering an avalanche close to the Indo-China border in the Indian state of Uttarakhand on Friday, a government official said.

"Eight bodies have been recovered. Rescue operations are in progress," a defence ministry official told reporters on Saturday, adding that six of those rescued were in critical condition.

The road access was cut off at 4-5 locations due to multiple landslides, after an avalanche struck in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district on Friday evening, the official said.

A state official also confirmed that at least 8 persons had died and more than 300 were rescued by the army personnel.

Comment: Update: The Time of India reports on April 27:
Sumna avalanche: 3 more bodies recovered, toll now 15 in Dehradun

Search and rescue teams on Monday have found three more bodies from the debris of an avalanche in Sumna region along the India-China border in Chamoli district.

Earlier, on Sunday, two bodies had been recovered by rescue personnel. With this, the toll of the disaster has shot up to 15, according to the District Emergency Operation Centre (DEOC). Three persons are still missing as per Army sources.

"One body was recovered from the debris on Monday morning while the other two were found from the avalanche sites in the later part of the day," said Nand Kishore Joshi, district disaster management officer.

An army helicopter brought the four bodies--including the one recovered on Sunday evening--to Joshimath from Sumna where the avalanche had hit on Friday evening.

As reported by TOI earlier, the Army has pressed into service an avalanche rescue sniffer dog to help the rescue personnel in the search operation.

Around 430 labourers were present in the two camps when the avalanche hit the two Border Roads Organisation (BRO) labour camps. According to Army officials, 384 labourers have been rescued, whereas six are critical and currently in hospital.

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Two Punjab soldiers die in avalanche at Siachen Glacier, India

Representative Image.

Representative Image.
Two soldiers died in an avalanche at Siachen Glacier Sunday while four others were injured. Both the deceased soldiers belong to Punjab.

Sepoy Prabhjit Singh and Sepoy Amardeep Singh of 21 Punjab were caught in the avalanche in Sub Sector Hanif in Southern Glacier area. Other soldiers, trapped in the avalanche, were later rescued and are said to be recovering.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has announced ex-gratia compensation of Rs 50 lakh, along with a government job each to the family of Sepoy Prabhjit Singh and Sepoy Amardeep Singh.