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Lightning bolts kill 10, injures over 20 in Uttar Pradesh, India

Lightning strikes claimed 10 lives in different areas of Prayagraj, Kaushambi and Pratapgarh districts on Tuesday. The dead included women and a teenage girl. Police sent the bodies for postmortem examination while administrative officials reached the spots and urged villagers to follow the guidelines to remain safe during rain.

Three people, including a teenage girl, died in Baghrai, Lalganj and Patti areas of Pratapgarh district due to lightning strike. Bhagwati Devi (62) of Tiwaripur in Baghrai was in the fields when lightning struck her. Ramraj Verma (57) of Bhatpurwa in Lalganj was also in the fields when he died following a lightning strike. A resident of Pahada village in Patti area, Sejal (13) was outside her house when she died of lightning strike. In another incident at Dohri village of Kandhai, 14 goats also died due to lightning strike.

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Lightning strikes kill 8 in Rwanda

Lightning killed eight people in Ngororero, Musanze, and Rutsiro districts on Monday, July 8
Lightning killed eight people in Ngororero, Musanze, and Rutsiro districts on Monday, July 8
Lightning killed eight people in Ngororero, Musanze, and Rutsiro districts on Monday, July 8, according to the Ministry in charge of Emergency Management (MINEMA).

Figures by the ministry also show that lightning traumatised four people and killed three cows in Gishwati village, Ngororero District. Another cow was struck dead in Kibara village, Rutsiro District.

The people killed by lightning in Ngororero are from Kabaya, Nyange, Sovu, Muhanda, and Buruhukiro sectors. They include Jeanette Yandereye, 30, who was inside her house, officials said.


Powerful shallow 6.7-magnitude earthquake hits off southern Africa

An earthquake of 6.7 magnitude rocked the southern region of Africa on Wednesday morning.

The US Geological Survey detected the quake, which was categorised as 'very strong'.

It had a 'very shallow' depth of 10 km and, so far, there are no reports of damages.


Woman killed in dog attack in Shreveport, Louisiana

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A woman who was killed in a dog attack Sunday has been named by the Caddo Parish Coroner's Office.

According to a press release from the Caddo Parish Coroner's Office, 59-year-old Joni Hatcher was found inside a residence in the 7800 block of Womack Road just after 11:30 a.m. Monday.

Officials say she was last seen alive the previous night around 8 p.m. by a neighbor who saw her checking the mailbox.

A neighbor told investigators Hatcher was caring for the homeowner's dogs in his absence. The coroner's office says the injuries were consistent with an attack by an animal, possibly a dog or dogs.

The death remains under investigation by the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office.

An autopsy was ordered.


Snow in the Kalahari desert, Namibia

The Kalahari, notorious for its high summer temperatures, is currently experiencing a snowy winter.

The area recently saw a significant drop in temperature, resulting in frost and snow.

A video shared with Informanté captured the snowfall at the Kalahari border between Namibia and South Africa.

This is among several areas that recently encountered a notable temperature decline, with the Kalahari being particularly affected.

The Namibia Meteorological Services predict that several other interior areas will experience extreme cold weather and potentially frost this week.

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Best of the Web: Extreme weather in Europe taking toll on food supply chains - 48% increase in extreme weather events in 2 years

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The frequency of extreme weather events in Europe has risen by 48% over the past two years. This has caused a spike in food supply disruptions, according to research from Inverto, a subsidiary of Boston Consulting Group.

From 2021 to 2023, the number of extreme weather events in Europe increased from 11,442 to 16,956 recorded events. Those include things like large hailstorms, heavy rain or snowfall, damaging lightning strikes, droughts caused by hot weather, and even tornadoes.

This damaging weather has had a dramatic negative effect on food crops in Europe, leading to shortages and higher prices for certain products. Just one hailstorm last year caused an estimated €40 million in damages to crops, to give one example.


Extremely rare waterspout spotted on Lake Vermilion in Minnesota

The National Weather Service says a 90-foot-wide waterspout, a tornado that forms over water, took a dazzling and distressing ride across Minnesota's Lake Vermillion on Sunday afternoon.

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Very strong hailstorm in Piedmont, Italy leaves streets blanketed by thick hail

The afternoon of Sunday, July 7, was marked by a heavy wave of bad weather that hit especially southern Piedmont. The incredible images we show represent the effects on the ground of a supercell that passed between Asti and Alessandria.

The violent storm was accompanied by an extremely heavy hailstorm that caused difficulties for the city of Alessandria. Bulldozers and snowplows had to intervene to clear the streets of hail. The hailstones were small and medium-sized but fell abundantly, creating noticeable accumulations in the depressions of the streets.

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Beryl's hurricane-force winds cause widespread power outages, flash flooding in Texas - 7 killed, nearly 3 million without power (UPDATE)

Hurricane Beryl slammed into the Texas coast Monday morning, unleashing hurricane-force winds, widespread power outages and flash flooding.

The storm roared ashore, making landfall near Matagorda at 3:50 a.m. CT as a Category 1 hurricane with gusts over 80 mph. Hundreds of thousands of electrical customers in Texas have already lost power, according to

The storm first unleashed its fury on Surfside Beach, as FOX Weather crews captured the winds whipping through trees, even breaking off part of a palm tree.

The storm's winds have also created a life-threatening storm surge that is inundating coastal communities, and it will only get worse just before 8 a.m. as high tide approaches. Houston will face dangerous weather conditions through the morning as the storm's center moves inland.

Peak storm surge could reach up to 7 feet as the tide rises in the mid-morning, and areas such as Galveston Bay could see levels nearing 6 feet as water accumulates in the bay, the National Hurricane Center warns.

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The BBC reports:
At least seven people have died after Hurricane Beryl slammed into south-east Texas and Louisiana, knocking out power for nearly three million people.

Beryl hit the southern United States on Monday morning as a category one hurricane, but it has since been downgraded to a tropical depression.

Officials warned of destructive winds, up to 15in (38cm) of rain and "life-threatening" storm surges.

More than 1,100 flights were cancelled at Houston's main airport on Monday, according to

Some 2.6 million customers in Texas were without power as of Monday night, said, with some outages also reported in Louisiana.

The storm caused at least 10 deaths in the Caribbean.

Officials said seven people had died in Texas's Harris and Montgomery counties, while one more fatality was confirmed in neighbouring Louisiana.

A 53-year-old man died after winds downed power lines and knocked a tree on to his home in Harris County, causing his roof to collapse.

In the same county, which includes parts of Houston, 73-year-old grandmother Maria Loredo was reported dead after a tree crashed through the roof of her home, according to CBS affiliate KHOU.

Loredo's family told the news station she was home with her son, his wife, and her two grandchildren, ages two and seven, when the tree fell. No other family members were injured.

Also in Harris County, a Houston Police Department employee, Russell Richardson, 54, drowned after attempting to drive through high water on his way to work, according to Houston police.

Another person died in a house fire that is believed to have been sparked by lightning, Houston's mayor said.

Three people were also killed in Montgomery County. Officials say one man was killed when a tree fell on him while he was driving a tractor, and two homeless people died when a tree fell on their tent, reports KHOU.

Houston is a low-lying coastal city, making it prone to flooding.

Sustained wind speeds in the Houston area reached 75mph (120km/h) with wind gusts reaching 87mph as the storm struck.

Beryl was expected to continue to lose strength as it gradually tracks north-northeast, but flash flooding and heavy rain remained a risk.

In Louisiana, where over 30,000 people were without power due to the storm on Monday night, one person was killed when a tree fell on her home in the town of Benton, according to a local sheriff.

A tree in Houston, Texas was toppled by Hurricane Beryl's fierce winds
© GettyA tree in Houston, Texas was toppled by Hurricane Beryl's fierce winds

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Heavy rains flood Mumbai roads and rails, disrupts flights, closes schools - foot of rain within just 6 hours

Mumbai rains: Andheri, Kurla submerged in water following heavy rains.
© PTIMumbai rains: Andheri, Kurla submerged in water following heavy rains.
Over 2 million people across India were impacted as the Mumbai deluge closed schools, cancelled flights, and caused disruptions.

Heavy rains inundated roads and railway lines on Monday in Mumbai, India's financial hub, causing flight disruptions and the closure of schools and colleges, while overflowing rivers elsewhere affected over 2 million people.

More than 300 mm (11.8 inches) of rain battered the city of 12 million within six hours until 7:00 a.m. (02:30 WAT), just before the morning rush hour, civic officials stated.

With predictions of further heavy rain and a high tide of 4.40 metres (14 ft) in the coastal city, authorities shut schools and colleges for the day as a precaution.