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Four die as flash floods, landslides hit South Sulawesi, Indonesia after heavy rainfall

Residents inspect the site of a landslide in Tana Toraja regency, South Sulawesi, on Sunday.
Residents inspect the site of a landslide in Tana Toraja regency, South Sulawesi, on Sunday.
Heavy rain has caused flash floods and landslides in two districts of Tana Toraja regency in South Sulawesi, leaving at least four people dead.

Tana Toraja Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) head Alfian Andi Lolo reported that three of the deceased were members of the same family in Randanbatu village, South Makale district, identified as Bottong, 80, Rita, 40, and Yen, 12. Meanwhile, one fatality is Rantetayo district has yet to be identified.

Snowflake Cold

Apricots have been destroyed, cold already affects peaches and cherries in Bulgaria

Apricots are for more than 95 percent, if not all completely dead, in the Danube Plain region. Some places have survived here and there, but if it freezes after the snow, they will also die," Nikolay Kolev of the Union of Danube Fruit Growers from Agrozona. Some varieties of peaches and nectarines in the north-east of the country are currently blooming or have already finished flowering, he also reports. Freezing temperatures are also critical to them. Cherries and plums are next in line. They are in the bud phase, they should not be damaged, but it depends on how much the temperatures will drop. The snow itself is not dangerous, but it is the negative temperatures that come after that is," says the fruit grower.

Apricots cover about 8-9 thousand decares of a total of more than 28 thousand decares plantings within the Union of Danube Fruit Growers. Then comes about 3-4 thousand decares peaches, of which if the forecasts come true and temperatures drop, much of this fruit will die as well. "Unfortunately it will be a zero yield year for some fruits," says Nikolay Kolev.


28 swept overboard, feared dead after Solomons ferry ignores Cyclone Harold warning

Cyclone Harold

Cyclone Harold
At least 28 ferry passengers were swept overboard in a powerful storm off the Solomon Islands, reports said on Saturday (April 4), with the captain unaware he had lost anyone until the boat docked.

The passengers were heading from the capital Honiara to West Are'are, more than 120km away, under a government programme to evacuate people to their home villages during the global coronavirus epidemic.

The MV Taimareho set sail on Thursday night as tropical cyclone Harold bore down on the Solomons, and with weather forecasters warning against any unnecessary voyages.


Delhi experiences wettest March ever, records 589% more rainfall than normal

Delhi rainfall
© Indian Express photo by Abhinav Saha
Last month, Delhi received the highest amount of rainfall it ever has in the month of March, effectively making March 2020 the wettest one on record for the region.

According to the India Meteorological Department's (IMD) regional met centre in New Delhi, Delhi's base monitoring station at Safdarjung recorded 109.6 mm rainfall between March 1 and 31, 2020 — a whopping 589% more than its long-term average for the month, which is a mere 15.9 mm. In the process, March 2020 surpassed the previous record-holder, i.e. March 2015, during which Delhi had received rainfall worth 97.4 mm.

Further, Delhiites also witnessed the fourth wettest March day on record last month, as the Safdarjung station recorded a 24-hour downpour worth 37 mm on March 15, 2020. In comparison, the highest single-day rainfall, at 62.2 mm, was observed way back in 1915.

Cloud Precipitation

Extratropical cyclone hits Brazil coast - floods in states of Santa Catarina & Rio Grande

Extratropical cyclone hits Brazil coast! High winds and flooding in Santa Catarina & Rio Grande

Bizarro Earth

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Protein from volcanoes as food becomes unaffordable

Volcano protein for vegans
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
New protein from microbes found in volcanoes will be offered as a meat substitute. Stratospheric eruption and ash ejection at the same latitude with massive ice growth on Greenland with out air traffic albedo. All time record high pressure recorded over UK, which only ever happened during winter storms. Canadians slammed by food costs.

Comment: For more on the meat substitute madness see also:

Cloud Lightning

More than 150 wild birds in Iraq killed by lightning strike

More than 150 wild birds die in lightning strike
A large number of birds died in a lightning strike in the Kurdistan Region's Halgurd-Sakran National Park on Friday, officials have confirmed.

"At this time of the year, these [birds] migrate from the hot to cold places. While flying towards the Caspian sea in Iran, a lightning strike hit them," Mohammed Abdulla, an employee at the Halgurd-Sakran National Park, told Rudaw English. "We have so far managed to discover around 150 of them."

"There are many others that we have not yet been able to discover as their bodies have dispersed across the mountain," he added.

Sulaiman Tameer, head of the Kurdistan Organization for Animal Rights Protection categorized the birds as common cranes, a medium-sized species most commonly found in Europe.

Snowflake Cold

Power outages as spring storm brings heavy snow, freezing rain to Manitoba, Canada

Gusty winds and freezing rain led to numerous power outages in southern Manitoba Thursday

A potent low triggered a series of snowfall warnings, special weather statements, and freezing rain warnings across the eastern Prairies and northwestern Ontario Thursday, many of which still remain Friday morning.

There were reports of several early-morning highway closures, along with roughly 3,000 power outages by Thursday morning. By the evening, Manitoba Hydro tweeted that they were "finishing up" restoring power to the last of their affected customers.

As the storm tracks east, heavy snow will still continue behind it for parts of northern Manitoba, meanwhile, freezing rain and the risk of ice pellets remain for northern Ontario.


Record snow and ice falls in Upper Midwest, new storm to hit California this weekend

Seven states from Minnesota to Kansas are under ice and snow alerts Friday morning.
© ABC News
Seven states from Minnesota to Kansas are under ice and snow alerts Friday morning.
Seven states from Minnesota to Kansas are under ice and snow alerts Friday.

There was record snowfall in the Upper Midwest Thursday. In Grand Forks, North Dakota, almost 10 inches fell and Fargo, North Dakota, received almost 5 inches of snow.

Wyoming saw the largest amount of snowfall, with 21 inches.

Seven states from Minnesota to Kansas are under ice and snow alerts Friday morning.

Comment: More details: Winterlike storm dumps up to 23 inches of fresh snow in Montana and Wyoming


Mountain passes hit by nearly 10 inches of spring snow in Kyrgyzstan

After snowfalls on April 2 and 3, the snow cover on the mountian passes reached 20-25 cm in height, the Ministry of Transport and Roads reported.

The Too-Ashuu, Chyirchyk, Taldyk, Tonmurun mountain passes were cleared from snow.

Inert materials were applied to improve traction.

All roads are open.

The Ministry of Transport asked drivers to have winter tyres, tyre chains and a shovel if they plan to drive through mountain passes.