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2,657 people killed by elephants in last 5 years across India

A fifth of the human casualties in elephant attacks across India in the last five years were reported from Odisha. As per statistics of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), at least 2,657 people lost their lives in the human-elephant conflict in the country in the five years between 2018-19 and 2022-23 of whom 542 (20.39 per cent) were from Odisha.

Odisha is followed by its neighbours Jharkhand, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh where the death figure, during the period, remained 474 (18 per cent), 389 (14 per cent) and 313 (11.7 per cent) respectively.


2 killed in elephant attack in Assam, India

Two persons were killed in Assam on Saturday after they were attacked by a wild elephant in Baksa district, an official said on Saturday.

The incident happened in the Subankhata area of the district.

Kalpajyoti Das died after diving into a nearby river to save his life when the elephant chased him, while Haren Boro was killed after being attacked by the jumbo.

Later, police and Forest Department officials arrived at the scene.

The bodies were later sent for autopsy.

According to a Forest Department official, the wild elephant came out of the forest in search of food.


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Cloud Precipitation

Torrential rain sparks flash floods on Las Vegas Strip as major power outages leave more than 4,000 residents suffering blackouts

The National Weather Service warned the public not to try to cross flooded roads as residents and visitors attempt to grapple with the fallout

The National Weather Service warned the public not to try to cross flooded roads as residents and visitors attempt to grapple with the fallout
Flash floods have caused severe flooding on the iconic Las Vegas Strip this weekend.

Fast moving thunderstorms and heavy rain hit the city and surrounding southern Nevada on Friday leaving cars stranded and thousands without electricity.

By Friday evening, more than 2 inches of rain had fallen in the Rhodes Ranch are, and over 1.5 inches was recorded at South Point and at the intersection of Cheyenne Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard.

Las Vegas recorded 0.88 inches Friday, which is nearly three times their entire September monthly average and was their wettest September day in 11 years.

By Friday evening more than 4,000 people were without power in the Las Vegas Valley, as a result of 30 outages, according to NV Energy.


Rare 'firenado' filmed during Sabine Parish fires in Louisiana on August 25

As statewide fires continue to burn, video footage of Sabine Parish's wildfires show a rare weather phenom: a firenado.

The combination of hot air from a wildfire and wind gusts traveling in different directions can cause a mix between a fire and a tornado, according to AccuWeather.

The footage was taken amidst Northwest Louisiana wildfires on Aug. 25.

Cloud Lightning

12 dead, 14 injured in lightning strikes in one day across Odisha, India

As many as 12 persons were killed in extreme thunderstorms and lightning activities across Odisha on September 2, informed the Special Relief Commissioner's (SRC) office on Sunday.

Sharing the information on its official X handle, the office of the SRC informed that the highest number of deaths were reported from Khurdha district where four people died, two in Bolangir, and one each casualty was reported from Angul, Boudh, Dhenkanal, Gajapati, Jagatsinghpur, and Puri districts yesterday.

Apart from the loss of human lives, eight cattle also died in extreme thunderstorms and lightning activities in Gajapati and Kandhamal districts.

Cloud Lightning

64 people killed by lightning in the first 8 months of 2023 across Cambodia

In the first eight months of 2023, there were more than 100 lightning strikes that killed and injured more than 100 people, nearly 90 cattle, and destroyed nearly 10 houses.

According to Soth Kim Kolmony, spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management, there were 109 lightning strikes in 22 provinces, except Kep, Koh Kong, and Mondulkiri, from January to August this year, killing 64 people and injuring 49; 88 cattle were killed; and nine houses were set on fire.

He stated that there were 250 gusts around the country during the first eight months of this year, causing 1,930 houses to fall and 12,501 roofs to open, 77 market stalls, 88 schools, and 38 administrative buildings to collapse, killing nine people and wounding 157 others.


Woman, 93, dies after being attacked by 2 dogs in her own front yard in Modesto, California

dog attack
Police say a senior in Modesto has now died after she was attacked by dogs in her neighborhood Thursday afternoon.

The incident happened along the 3600 block of Dothan Drive around 2 p.m. and Modesto Police were on scene investigating until after 5 p.m.

The woman, who was identified to CBS13 as being 93, was initially stable but family was waiting for definitive updates from doctors at the emergency room hours after the attack, they said. The extent of her injuries was still being reviewed, but her family said she was in as best of spirits as she could be Thursday evening.

Modesto police later revealed Friday night that the woman had succumbed to her injuries earlier in the morning at the hospital.


Waterspout spotted swirling off coast of Florida Panhandle

A waterspout was spotted swirling off the coast of Florida near Panama City Beach on Thursday, August 31. Becky Norton provided the footage and told Storyful her boyfriend, who is a surfer and paddleboarder, spotted the weather phenomenon while at St Andrews State Park checking out the waves.

"He saw two clouds forming into this funnel cloud," she said. He can be heard in the video explaining there were "two [waterspouts] and then they came together as one." The footage shows a large funnel descending from dark clouds. The National Weather Service (NWS), issued a special marine warning confirming a waterspout was observed and cautioning of winds up to 39 mph. Credit: Becky Norton via Storyful

Cloud Precipitation

Typhoon Saola makes landfall on China's coast after slamming Hong Kong

Schools and businesses closed while hundreds of

Schools and businesses closed while hundreds of flights were canceled in Hong Kong and other parts of southern China as Typhoon Saola swept close to the coast, bringing strong winds and heavy rain in what could be the region's strongest storm in five years.
Typhoon Saola has made landfall in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong as violent winds lashed nearby Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Macau, leaving at least one dead and a trail of destruction and flooding in many areas.

Hong Kong and China's neighbouring provinces cancelled hundreds of flights on Friday and shut businesses and schools as the super typhoon - packing winds of more than 200 kilometres per hour (125 miles per hour) - edged closer, forcing some 900,000 people to leave areas at risk in Guangdong and Fujian provinces.

But as southern China's coastal areas braced for the storm's arrival, Saola was downgraded before dawn on Saturday, after the typhoon passed Hong Kong without the much-feared direct hit on the financial hub, and then weakened.

Chinese authorities said Saola had made landfall in Guangdong's Zhuhai city with winds slowing to about 160km/h (99mph) and was expected to weaken further as it moved along China's southern coastline.


Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes Russia's Kuril Islands region

An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck the Kuril Islands region in far eastern Russia to the northeast of Japan, on Saturday, according to the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ).

The quake was at a depth of 142 km (88 miles), GFZ said.