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10 dead after heavy rain, floods in Maharashtra, India

Ten people died in heavy rains and floods in Marathwada region of Maharashtra over the last 48 hours, officials said on Tuesday.

Besides, more than 200 cattle were washed away and number of houses were also damaged in the rain fury in the region, which comprises eight districts - Aurangabad, Latur, Osmanabad, Parbhani, Nanded, Beed, Jalna and Hingoli.

Excessive rainfall (over 65 mm) was recorded in over 180 circles falling under these eight districts, a release issued by the divisional commissioner's office said.

The heavy showers forced authorities to open the gates of various dams for water discharge, which led to flooding in villages located on the banks of the Manjara river in Beed and Latur districts.


Two trekkers die of cold at Khemenger glacier during unseasonal snow in Himachal Pradesh, India

Two mountaineers from Kolkata reportedly died while descending the Khemenger glacier in Spiti valley after crossing Parahio summit, officials said on Monday.

A six-member team from Arete mountaineering club, Kolkata, was on a trekking expedition to the glacier which is the main source of Rongtong stream. The glacier is 5,884 metres above the sea level. One of the trekkers, Abhijit Banik, along with a porter reached Kaza in the morning after trekking for two days and informed that two persons have died.

The duo said that it would take three days to reach the other members of the group, who are stuck in snow.

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Two killed, 12 missing after heavy rains trigger mudslide in Sichuan, China

China's emergency management office in Ya'an which oversees Tianquan County stated that 50 individuals had been rescued as of 5 p.m., including two deaths

Heavy downpour has triggered a landslide in the Sichuan province in southwestern China that killed two people and left 12 others missing, according to local media. An ANI report stated that the China Global Television Network (CGTN) informed on Sunday, quoting the local authorities, "At least two persons have died and 12 others remain missing after a heavy rain-triggered mudslide that hit Tianquan County, southwest China's Sichuan Province on Saturday."

According to Xinhua, the landslide happened in the early hours of Sunday morning, trapping 62 individuals. The emergency management office in Ya'an which oversees Tianquan County stated that 50 individuals had been rescued as of 5 p.m., including two deaths.

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Lightning strikes kill at least 9 in Madhya Pradesh, India

Representative image of a lighting strike.
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Representative image of a lighting strike.
At least nine people were killed due to lightning strikes in Dewas and Agar Malwa districts of Madhya Pradesh. Six people died in Dewas and while three lost their lives in Agar Malwa.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and former Congress state president Arun Yadav have expressed grief over the deaths.

According to the official information, six people died due to lightning strikes in Dewas district on Monday in Tonkkhurd, Khal, Gagankheda and Bamnibujurg villages. Collector Chandramouli Shukla immediately sanctioned financial assistance of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of those who died under the Revenue Book Circular 6-4 of Madhya Pradesh Government Revenue Department (Relief Branch).

Some people were also injured in the lightning strikes. They were rushed to hospital in Indore.


Sandstorm turns day into night in state of São Paulo, Brazil

A frightening sandstorm turns the day of Sao Paulo into a dark night! Brazil

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Tropical Storm Dianmu brings flooding to north and central regions of Thailand - almost 8 inches of rain in a day

Floods in Bamnet Narong District, Chaiyaphum Province, 27 September 2021.
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Floods in Bamnet Narong District, Chaiyaphum Province, 27 September 2021.
Disaster authorities in Thailand report dozens of provinces in the country have been affected by flooding after heavy rain over recent days brought by Tropical Storm Dianmu.

Thailand's Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (DDPM) reported flooding has affected 58,977 households across 27 provinces. Some of the affected areas had already seen flooding earlier this month after a period of heavy rain from 16 September brought by the Southwest Monsoon.

According to images and data from Thailand's Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), the worst of the flooding is in northern and central regions.

In the north, Sukhothai province is the worst hit area with 7,392 households affected, mostly in Sri Samrong, Khirimas and Muang districts, according to DDPM. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha visited flood-hit communities of Sukhothai's Sri Samrong district.

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Cyclone Gulab slams coastal cities of India with heavy rain, thunder and lightning

Cyclone Gulab has made landfall over the coastal areas of south Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh. This is the third cyclone in 2021 after Tauktae and Yaas.


Federal, state officials launch investigation after 6th rare monk seal found dead on Molokai, Hawaii

Federal and state officials are looking into the 6th monk seal death on Molokai.
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Federal and state officials are looking into the 6th monk seal death on Molokai.
Federal and state officials are investigating the death of another endangered Hawaiian monk seal on Molokai.

It is the sixth monk seal found dead on the island since the start of this year.

NOAA said this is an unprecedented number of deaths and a joint state and federal investigation has been launched.

Officials said a young female monk seal was found dead on the south shore of Molokai on Sunday. The seal was identified as "L11,″ which was one of the pups that was born on the island in 2020.


River otter attacks baffle authorities in Anchorage, Alaska

River otters do not usually attack humans, Alaskan authorities said.
© Robin Loznak
River otters do not usually attack humans, Alaskan authorities said.
Officials say 'care will be taken to remove only animals exhibiting unusual behaviors' after woman, boy and dog are bitten

Residents of Anchorage, Alaska, used to living alongside moose and bear now face a threat from a more diminutive creature: the humble river otter.

On Friday, the Alaska department of fish and game alerted residents to a pack of aggressive otters which have attacked dogs, children and adults near creeks, rivers and lakes.

Humans are river otters' only significant predator. Attacks the other way are not common, officials said. Nonetheless, a spate of reported incidents prompted the official warning.

"Because of the risk to public safety, efforts will be made to locate this group of river otters and remove them," authorities said. "Care will be taken to only remove the animals exhibiting these unusual behaviors."

Comment: This once unusual aggressive behavior seems to have become increasingly common in recent years, see the reports below:


Dramatic flash flood kills 1, sweeps away 2 others in Cebu, Philippines

One person died while two others went missing after being swept away by a flash flood while swimming in a waterfall in the northern town of Catmon, Cebu, on Sunday afternoon, September 26.

Wilson Ramos, information officer of the Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said they have now switched to a "search and retrieval" operation to look for the missing persons.

Ramos said there is only a slim chance that the two missing persons, identified as 32-year-old Jacel Alastra and her daughter Princess who is only seven years old, may still be alive.

The body of Alastra's nephew Kent Jude Monterolla, 17, was retrieved Sunday night a few kilometers down at the spillway in Barangay Corazon, which is near the beach and about seven kilometers from the waterfalls.

A video of the incident showed that a group of 11 people was bathing at the pristine waters of the layered falls when the waters suddenly turned brown, swelled, and swept all of them downstream.