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Brazil - 8 killed in floods and landslides as rain lashes state of Rio De Janeiro

At least 8 people have lost their lives after heavy rain triggered floods and landslides in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Stormy weather late on 21 February 2024 swept over southern parts of the state from late 21 February 2024. In just one hour early on 22 February, the Recreio dos Bandeirantes neighbourhood in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro city recorded 42.8 mm of rain and the neighbourhood of Bangu, also in the West Zone, recorded 43.2 mm.

However, the worst of the damage, in particular landslides, was reported in municipalities outside the state capital, including Barra do Piraí, Japeri, Mendes and Nova Iguaçu.

Videos shared on Social Media showed the dramatic recuse of a mother and her two daughters who were swept away by fast-flowing flood waters through the streets of Nova Iguaçu.


Six-year-old boy mauled to death by stray dogs in Uttar Pradesh, India

dog attack
Action is being sought by the municipal authorities against stray dogs after a six-year-old boy was mauled to death by a pack of dogs in Muzaffarnagar while he was playing in the fields.

A six-year-old boy was mauled to death by a pack of stray dogs in a village here, police said on Thursday.

Circle Officer Rupali Devi said Dev alias Golu, a class 3 student, was playing in the fields on Wednesday evening when a pack of dogs attacked him.

Locals nearby rushed to Golu's rescue and rushed him to a hospital where he was declared dead, the CO said.

The officer said that they have informed the municipal authorities seeking action against stray dogs. Further probe is underway.


Comment: See also: Girl mauled to death by stray dogs in Uttar Pradesh, India - 10TH such fatality in 15 MONTHS for the Bijnor district


Shallow 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes the East Pacific Rise

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the East Pacific Rise (February 22) morning, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The natural disaster was located in the southern portion of the mid-ocean rise and centered at a depth of 2.0 kilometers (1.24 miles). The East Pacific Rise, which runs through the Gulf of California in the Salton Sea basin, is located along the floor of the Pacific Ocean and separates the Pacific Plate west from several other plates.

Last week, a 3.8-magnitude earthquake struck California. The natural disaster was located in Ontario and centered at a depth of 13.0 kilometers (about 8.08 miles), according to the United States Geological Survey.


Thousands urged to evacuate as out-of-control blaze bears down in Victoria, Australia

An emergency warning was issued for residents near Ararat. (ABC News)
© ABC NewsAn emergency warning was issued for residents near Ararat.
Thousands of people in 28 communities are being urged to evacuate a large fire zone as an out-of-control blaze bears down on them in Victoria.

An emergency warning has been issued for the communities west of Ballarat with concerns about a wind change is expected to sweep the area between 6pm and 7.30pm.

Residents in another nine townships nearby have also been advised to leave.

Conditions are not expected to ease until about midnight, Victorian Country Fire Authority chief officer, Jason Heffernan, told reporters on Thursday afternoon.

Cloud Precipitation

San Francisco under flash flood warning as water seen bubbling up from manholes

Multiple parts of San Francisco were experiencing urban flooding of various degrees Tuesday afternoon after some major downpours.

Low-lying areas of the city that are often flood-prone in heavy rains were filling up with water Tuesday, as seen in some social media posts. KRON4 reporter Sara Stinson posted the video below from Hayes Valley, and KRON4 posted a second video below shot at Franklin and Green streets in Cow Hollow showing significant water bubbling up from two manhole covers.


Sperm whale dies in Osaka Bay, Japan

A whale confirmed dead in Osaka Bay in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, on Monday | KYODO
© KYODOA whale confirmed dead in Osaka Bay in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, on Monday
A whale as long as a train car that died after straying into a port in Osaka last month is set to be buried until it naturally becomes a skeletal specimen for a local museum.

It's the third year in a row that whales have become stranded in the area, raising questions about the reasons why and the cost of handling the incidents.

The animal is believed to be a male sperm whale, about 12 meters (39 feet) long and weighing an estimated 20 tons, and was earlier spotted in the Sakai Semboku Port in mid-January.

It had since been spotted in a number of locations in Osaka Bay, until Sunday, when a boat captain reported to the coast guard that the whale was not breathing. Prefectural officials and experts took a boat out to check on the whale and confirmed its death on Monday, presumably due to starvation.


Indonesia investigates after first large-scale tornado strikes

Indonesia tornado wrecks homes and buildings
Indonesia tornado wrecks homes and buildings
Indonesia was struck by a tornado of a scale previously unrecorded in the country that injured at least 33 people and damaged buildings, government officials said.

After the violent wind swept the town of Sumedang in West Java province on Wednesday, a climatologist at government research body BRIN Erma Yulihastin, said the agency would "reconstruct and investigate the tornado".

In a post on social media app X, formerly known as Twitter, she said it was similar to the kind of violent winds that often occur in the northern hemisphere. Until now, only smaller tornadoes, known as "angin puting beliung" have been recorded in Indonesia.

Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency said the injured people suffered slight injuries.

Cloud Precipitation

Flooding caused by El Nino affects 17 provinces in Ecuador - 6.5 inches of rain in under 24 hours

Intense rain and flooding brought by El Nino have affected seventeen provinces on Ecuador from February 20, Jorge Carrillo, the country's Risk Management Secretary said.

Some areas received more than 165 mm (6.5 inches) of rain between Monday afternoon and Tuesday early morning, according to Inamhi, Ecuador's meteorological service.

The rain continued on Tuesday evening, the service said.

Snowflake Cold

Mongolia experiences largest winter snowfall in 49 years - 668,000 livestock killed

This winter saw the heaviest snowfall in Mongolia since 1975.

According to the Mongolian government's announcement on February 19, severe colds and blizzards have resulted in one fatality.

Meanwhile, nearly 668,000 livestock have perished in the harsh weather as of February 18.

In response to the situation, the Mongolian government has initiated disaster relief efforts, providing essential aid, such as food, fuel, and livestock feed, to the affected areas starting on February 19.

Comment: Bear in mind that Mongolia covers 1.56 million square kilometers, which is the size of the UK, France, Germany and Italy put together.

Arrow Down

Naples sinkhole swallows cars, people 'lucky to be alive'

Two young men are "lucky to be alive" after the car they were traveling in was swallowed by a huge sinkhole that opened up early on Wednesday in a road in Naples's Vomero district.

The pair, who were returning from a party after a university exam, were saved by Army soldiers who happened to be stationed in the area as part of the Strade Sicure (Safe Streets) operation.

A parked car also fell into the sinkhole.

"It's a miracle we are alive.

It could have gone much, much worse," said Giulio Delle Donne, one of the two young men who is also a municipal councillor.