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Two elephants rescued from sinkhole in Kanchanaburi, Thailand

A backhoe and a team of veterinarians in a forest in Thong Pha Phum district of Kanchanaburi province have helped an elephant and its calf to get out of sink hole, in which they had become trapped.

Officials of the Lam Khlong Ngu National Park were informed by villagers yesterday (Sunday) that they found the two pachyderms trapped in a hole in Khao Bo Rae national forest reserve in Chalae sub-district, which is outside the territory of the national park.


Person dead after attack by 3 pit bulls in Pensacola, Florida

One person died after being attacked by three pit bulls Friday night in Escambia County

It happened about 10:15 p.m. in the 400 block of Norris Avenue, off Massachusetts Avenue.

"A witness observed a male being attacked by three pit bulls. The witness managed to scare the dogs away and immediately called 911," the Escambia County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. "Unfortunately, due to the victim's injuries sustained in the attack, he later died."

Escambia County Animal Control was unable to locate the dogs Friday night. They returned with deputies at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Comment: On the same day: Elderly man killed and 2 others injured in 'horrific' dog attack in San Antonio, Texas


Floods affect thousands in at least 4 departments of Paraguay

Floods in Amambay, Paraguay
© SEN Paraguay
Floods in Amambay, Paraguay after the overflow of the Aquidabán river, February 2023.
More heavy rain has caused further flooding in at least 4 departments of Paraguay over the last few days. The National Emergency Secretariat (SEN) said they have assisted thousands of families affected by floods in the Amambay and Concepción Departments. Meanwhile, the municipality of Puerto Casado in Alto Paraguay Department declared a state of emergency. Recent storms have caused severe damage to buildings and homes in San Pedro Department.

Flooding has affected areas of the eastern department of Amambay since mid-February after the Aquidabán river broke its banks .

Further downstream, the swollen Aquidabán flooded areas of Paso Barreto District in the department of Concepción on 20 February. Local media reported roads were cut and bridges damaged, leaving communities isolated. SEN said teams distributed food, mattresses and tents to affected residency.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 2 farmers in Zimbabwe

Two young farmers under Chief Kazangarare in Hurungwe North district, Mashonaland West province, were killed by a bolt of lightning last week, police have confirmed.

The now-deceased, Alec Mbomboya (24) and Owen Kawara (20), were killed while grading their tobacco harvest in a grass-thatched hut.

Mashonaland West police provincial spokesperson Inspector Margaret Chitove said: "The deceased are from Kahumwe village under Chief Kazangarare in Hurungwe North. They were stuck by lightning as they were grading their tobacco. We are appealing to people not to use electrical gadgets when it is raining to avoid lightning strikes."

According to villagers, the deceased were cousins who lived near the Chiva area in Hurungwe North.

"The two were promising young tobacco farmers who had done well for the past two seasons. Their crop was of good quality. It is a sad loss for them to pass on in such a tragic manner," said Norman Chisina, a fellow villager.

Source - Newsday Zimbabwe

Snowflake Cold

Snowfall totals surpass 5 FEET in some areas of southern California with nearly 7 FEET at Mountain High

Crestline, California, inspected the heavy snowfall

Heavy snowfall in Crestline, California
Over the past few days mountain areas have experienced high snowfall totals and there's more on the way.

A winter storm with an atmospheric river that made its way over the Pacific brought multiple days of unexpected snowfall to some parts of Southern California.

Some areas have already received over 30 inches of snow and there is more coming in the forecast.

The snow came as the National Weather Service issued a rare blizzard warning for the San Bernardino mountains as well as the LA County and Ventura County mountains.


Summer snow falls in Canterbury, New Zealand - foot deep on Mt Hutt

Hundreds of people are cooling down on Mt Hutt in Canterbury today, which is getting its first snow of the year.

Ski area manager James Mckenzie said it was lucky that the snow coincided with Mt Hutt's open day, an annual fundraiser for Westpac Helicopters and the Methven Lions Club.

He said it is the first time in five years he has seen this much snow in summer.
"To get this amount of snow in February weather - 30 centimetres of snow on Wednesday and Thursday, which was enough to get us out skiing and riding today, which is amazing."

Mckenzie said about 1000 people were on the mountain today.

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Bikes, dog fall into sinkhole as road collapses in New Delhi, India

A dog and two bikes fell inside a hole after portion of road collapsed in RK Puram, Delhi.

A dog and two bikes fell inside a hole after portion of road collapsed in RK Puram, Delhi.
On February 22nd, residents of the RK Puram area in New Delhi witnessed a startling event as a portion of a road gave way, causing a sinkhole to form. The collapse was captured on video and quickly went viral on social media. According to reports, a dog and two parked motorcycles were swallowed by the sinkhole as a result of the road collapse.

The incident occurred around midday, at approximately 12:40 pm, and was reported to the Delhi Police. Fortunately, there were no fatalities or injuries reported, and the authorities immediately took measures to cordon off the area and prevent further accidents from occurring.


Magnitude 6.2 quake strikes Papua New Guinea

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck the remote New Britain region of Papua New Guinea today, the United States Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake had a depth of 38km, the USGS said, and was recorded in the sparsely populated West New Britain archipelago region this morning.

The shaking was felt at a Walindi Plantation Resort near the town of Kimbe about 80km from the quake but it was described by a worker as "not too bad".

"No one really reacted, it shook, but no damage," resort worker Vanessa Hughes told AFP.

Source: AFP

Blue Planet

South Wales hit by M3.7 earthquake, 1 month after sinkhole found in same region


Epicentre of quake, which hit just before midnight on Friday, was north of Brynmawr and west of Crickhowell
An earthquake has shaken parts of south Wales.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) said the 3.7 magnitude quake happened at 23:59 GMT on Friday. The epicentre was just north of Brynmawr, Blaenau Gwent and west of Crickhowell, Powys.

It was felt by residents across the region, including Abergavenny, Crickhowell, Llangynidr, Llanover and Llanfoist, with many saying that furniture and windows shook.

Comment: GoogleMaps below shows the epicentre of the quake and the location of the sinkhole, a distance of about 20 miles:

quake sinkhole
For more on the sinkhole, see: UK: Experts are baffled as giant 30ft-wide and 9ft deep sinkhole crater opens just feet from busy road in Wales

Ice Cube

Heavy snow hits parts of southern California

Heavy Snowfall
© Phys Org
Snow has snarled mountain roads around southern California, as a brutal, and unusual, winter storm grips the area.
Heavy snow fell in southern California on Friday, as the first blizzard in a generation pounded the hills around Los Angeles, with heavy rains threatening flooding in other places.

Breathless television weather presenters more used to delivering a same-every-day forecast of warm sunshine found themselves knee-deep in the white stuff as the region grappled with its worst winter storm for decades.

Major roads were closed as ice and snow made them impassable, including sections of Interstate 5, the main north-south highway that connects Mexico, California, the Pacific Northwest and Canada.

Authorities said there was no estimate when it would be reopened.

"Dangerous and potentially life-threatening snow related impacts are likely for mountain, desert, and foothill roadways in southern California," the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

"Multiple rounds of heavy snowfall coupled with strong winds will lead to blizzard conditions over some of the higher terrain and mountain passes.

"Areas very close to the Pacific Coast and also into the interior valleys that are not accustomed to seeing snow, may see some accumulating snowfall."