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Second deadly shark attack this year recorded in New Caledonia

Great white shark
A 42-year-old man killed by a shark while spearfishing in New Caledonia has brought renewed attention to a spate of shark attacks gripping the French Pacific territory.

The incident marks the fourth shark attack, and the second fatal one, in the French territory this year, just months after Australian tourist Chris Davis died after being bitten by a shark while swimming at a popular Noumea beach.

Authorities are puzzled by the growing number of attacks but have responded by introducing strict measures, including a ban on swimming at the beach in Noumea, and an extensive shark culling campaign.

Comment: Details of the attack in February: Shark attack kills tourist at crowded beach in New Caledonia

Cloud Lightning

British man dies in Greece 'after being struck by lightning paddleboarding'

The man fell in the water after the strike (stock)

The man fell in the water after the strike (stock)
An investigation has been launched into the death of a British man who was reportedly struck by lightning while paddleboarding in Greece.

The unnamed man was in the sea off the beach in Agia Agathi, Rhodes, as his girlfriend filmed him from the beach, according to local media.

The port authority of Rhodes confirmed to the PA news agency the man was 26 and a British national but would give no further information.

A spokesperson said: "This is an active case so we cannot give more details at the moment."

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 6, injures 9 in Thar, Pakistan

At least six people died, while nine others sustained injuries when lightning struck near Mithi after heavy rain coupled with a powerful thunderstorm pummelled the Thar region late on Monday.

The victims were heading towards a Hindu holy man, Parbharam, for offering annual rituals. They were residents of Mithi city and Satar village, near Mithi, according to reports reaching from Mithi.

Officials reached the spot and informed the media that at least nine others were injured in the incident, adding that all possible medical aid was being provided to them. The bodies, were handed over the families after completing the legal formalities.

Comment: Elsewhere recently lightning strikes killed four people in 3 districts of Bangladesh on May 27.

Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods in Caraș-Severin, Romania

Several streets were flooded, Monday afternoon, in Reșita, Caraș-Severin county, after a storm.

The cars were taken by the waters. Firefighters intervened. The authorities warn that there is a danger of flooding on several rivers in Timiș and Caraș-Severin counties.

A Code Orange warning has been issued.

According to ISU Caraș-Severin, fire crews operate in several locations in the municipality and the related neighborhoods to evacuate water from several households.

Cloud Lightning

Two killed in lightning strike in Andhra Pradesh, India


A lightning strike. (File)
Two youths died after being hit by lightning in Ullikallu village of Anantapur district on Sunday evening.

Singanamala Circle Inspector Asrar Basha said that the two were identified as Vadde Balakrishna, 23, and Vadde Sankar, 19.

Both cousins were working in their agricultural field, and they took shelter under a tree to protect themselves from sudden downpours at 4.30 p.m.

A bolt of strong lightning struck the tree resulting in their death, police said.

The bodies were shifted to their house in the village with the help of the police.


Evacuations in Waihi Beach, New Zealand following widespread flooding

Waihī Beach residents were evacuated on Monday afternoon after "widespread flooding" that a local councillor said was the highest he'd ever seen.

Civil Defence duty manager Peter Watson said on Monday night that nine people who had been evacuated had been moved to self-contained units in a motorcamp near Bowentown.

Three were from elderly housing units which were flooded, the rest of the residents from the units had found somewhere to stay with family or friends, Watson said.

Cloud Precipitation

Man dead, child missing as flash floods hit parts of Jordan

Search launched for missing child, 13, in Jordan flash floods

Search launched for missing child, 13, in Jordan flash floods
Security personnel found the body of a man in his 30s who was swept away in flash floods while in his vehicle in the Al Shammia area in northern Aqaba late on Sunday night.

Speaking to the Jordan News Agency, Petra, Aqaba Governor Khaled Hajaj on Monday said that a search and rescue team had been formed last night to locate the young man.

The team found the young man's body in the early hours of Monday, Hajaj said.


Italy: four bodies found after tourist boat capsized in storm

A search helicopter over Lake Maggiore.
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A search helicopter over Lake Maggiore.
Italian firefighters say they have recovered four bodies from a northern Italian lake after a tourist boat capsized and sank in a sudden, violent storm.

The boat was reportedly carrying more than 20 people, including a group of foreign tourists celebrating a birthday, plus two crew members, when a whirlwind overturned the vessel on Sunday.

Firefighters said 19 passengers had been saved. Many reportedly managed to swim to shore, or were picked up by other boats after the boat overturned off Lisanza, at the southern end of Lake Maggiore.

The victims include a Russian citizen, an Israeli and two Italians.

Snowflake Cold

Australians shiver through the coldest May EVER as temperatures plunge across the country

Widespread frost was reported in parts of Queensland, Northern Territory, New South Wales and Western Australia on Sunday morning   TRENDING

Widespread frost was reported in parts of Queensland, Northern Territory, New South Wales and Western Australia on Sunday morning
Australians have woken up to freezing temperatures, with some towns recording their coldest May morning on record.

Widespread frost was reported in parts of Queensland, Northern Territory, New South Wales and Western Australia on Sunday morning.

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded minimum temperatures as low as to -2.7 degrees at Injune Post Office in Queensland.

Records were broken in Hughenden, Queensland, where residents woke up to -1.4 degrees, while Bankstown and Penrith each had their coldest May temperature ever, hitting 0.7 degrees and 0.6 degrees respectively.

Tamworth also recorded its coldest May morning with -4.8 degrees.

Cloud Precipitation

12 dead, several injured as heavy rain batters Rajasthan, India

A waterlogged area due to rain during
A waterlogged area due to rain during the scorching heat.
At least a dozen people died and several were injured in separate incidents due to heavy rain and thunderstorm in Rajasthan's Tonk district, officials said on Friday.

Accompanied by gusty winds, heavy rain battered several places in the district on Thursday night, leading to the loss of human lives and damage to houses. A thunder squall with a maximum speed of 96 kmph was reported at the Jaipur International Airport.

Meanwhile, the MeT issued an orange alert at several places in the state on Friday, forecasting heavy rain and strong thunderstorms reaching a speed of 50-60 kmph. Some places could also witness a hailstorm.

Tonk District Collector Chinmayee Gopal said the 12 deaths were reported from across the Tonk district -- three in Tonk city, three in Niwai block, two each in Malpura and Devli and one each in Toda Rai Singh and Uniara. The injured persons have been admitted to different hospitals in the district, Gopal said.