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Emergency evacuation in Ironbridge, UK, as flooding overwhelms River Severn defences

© PA Media
Police are evacuating residents in Wharfage, Ironbridge
An emergency evacuation is taking place as rising waters on the River Severn "overwhelmed" a town's flood defences.

A kink in the barriers at Ironbridge, Shropshire, meant water seeped underneath, resulting in police evacuating part of the town.

West Mercia Police said the defences "appear to be buckling", adding "virtually everyone" in the Wharfage area had agreed to leave.

Residents were earlier evacuated from their homes in Bewdley, Worcestershire.

A severe flood warning for the River Severn has been issued for Ironbridge following days of heavy rain.

Comment: And more rain is predicted this weekend:

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Heavy rains, flooding pummel Cairo and parts of Egypt

Heavy rains pummeled the Egyptian capital of Cairo and other parts of the country Monday, causing massive traffic jams and flooding on many key roads.

The downpour also forced authorities to suspend classes the following day at schools and universities across the country, from Alexandria in the north to Aswan in the south.

Egyptians shared scenes of the rain and flooding on social media, including submerged cars and snarled traffic. Parts of Cairo were left impassable, and trucks were seen fanning out to drain water from flooded areas of the city, home to some 20 million people.

People also took to social media to criticize the government's lack of preparedness for the downpour. Nearly every year, the capital or other major cities are crippled by flooding from a rainstorm.


Blood-red snow appears at Ukrainian polar station in Antarctic

blood red snow antarctic
© National Antarctic Scientific Center of Ukraine / Andrey Zotov
Ukrainian polar station in the Antarctic has turned into a horror movie set after the snow around it turned a bloody red. But scientists appear unfazed, offering an explanation for the strange phenomenon.

Photos from the Vernadsky research base were posted on Facebook by the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science, which said that the snow had been like this for the past two weeks.

However, the ministry assured its followers that there was no reason for concern over the wellbeing of the station's inhabitants, and mentioned no bad omens either.

Comment: While this appears to be a relatively normal event for the Antarctic in summer, similar life on our planet isn't behaving so predictably:


25 more dead starlings found at another location in North Wales

dead starlings
Tests are being carried out on the latest discovery to found out how they died

A group of dead starlings found on the coastal path are being tested by police.

Nine dead birds were discovered between Porthmadog and Criccieth , with rural crime officers saying their deaths are thought to be a result of a "natural phenomenon".

A tweet by North Wales Police 's rural crime team said: "More dead starlings have been recovered, this time from the Wales Coastal Path near Cricieth.

"Don't be alarmed. We think this is a natural phenomenon. No 5G, no UFOs and hopefully no criminality. They are being recovered for toxicology tests."

It comes after 300 dead starlings were found on Anglesey in December in a case which mystified experts.


670 cetacean species dead on French coast since start of year - 11,000 dolphins found in 2019

dead dolphins

dead dolphins
Over 600 marine animals have been found dead along French beaches. Animal welfare activists say fishing nets are responsible for their deaths and predict an increase in numbers.

Hundreds of dead dolphins washed up on France's Atlantic coast with many more predicted to come, according to a French monitoring group for marine mammals.

Around 670 dead animals have been found on beaches as of mid-February, according to the conservation group Pelagis. Among the dead were hundreds of protected cetacean species including whales.

Animal welfare activists have said that tightly meshed fishing nets were responsible for their deaths.


Northern China wakes up to 5 suns in the sky

Five suns in China
© Via Twitter@Beautiful China
People are aware of the natural phenomenon that makes it look like there are three suns in the sky. But people in inner Mongolia, China, woke up to five suns.

A video shared by a page called Beautiful China on Twitter, showing five suns in the sky is going viral.

'What a spectacular wonder! Five suns are seen shining in the sky in N China's Inner Mongolia," the video shared by People's Daily, China was captioned.

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Severe thunderstorm creates havoc in Perth, Australia

Dark clouds loomed over Morley as the storm front moved across Perth's northern suburbs
© Matt Woodcock
Dark clouds loomed over Morley as the storm front moved across Perth's northern suburbs.
A freak storm has caused chaos across Perth, bringing down trees, causing flash flooding and leaving homes without power.

The storm rolled in around 5pm, bringing dark clouds , lightning strikes and heavy rains with it.

It lashed the city and the suburbs, with people taking to social media to capture the chaos.

Winds of 93 km/hr were reported at Ocean Reef, while peak hour traffic ground to a halt as traffic lights went out.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the storm was not unusual for February, but it caught everyone by surprise.

BOM WA issued an alert only an hour before, just after 4pm.

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Floods after heavy rain in Malawi with 4 killed

vehicles submerged in water at a garage in Biwi Township and Corporate Mall in Lilongwe
© NationOnline
Vehicles submerged in water at a garage in Lilongwe
Parts of Central Region in Malawi have seen heavy rain over the last few days, with flash flooding reported in the capital, Lilongwe, on 24 February.

Streets of the capital were flooded up to 1.5 metres deep, causing severe traffic disruption. The severe weather also caused major damage to a newly built hospital in the city.

Police in Malawi report that 3 people died in the Lilongwe River in the Kawale area of the city on 22 February.

Meanwhile Malawai News Agency (MANA) reports that one person has died after heavy rain caused the wall of a house to collapse in Mchinji on 21 February. District officials have urged residents to move to higher ground as the threat of flooding increases.


Breckenridge ski resort in Colorado hits 300 inches of snow: 'We still have 3 months left'

Breckenridge Resort

Breckenridge Resort
Breckenridge Resort hit and surpassed the 300 inch mark for the ski season on Sunday. According to Sara Lococo, the Senior Communications Manager at Breckenridge, the resort is reporting more than a foot of fresh snow as of Sunday morning.

What was expected to be a few inches turned into more than a foot!

"Woke up today at like 5 a.m. and it was about an inch, and then I checked the snow stake a couple of hours later, and it was more than a foot. I was like 'all right I better get out there,'" Lococo told CBS4 Sunday afternoon.

Lococo's job is to help tell the story that is Breckenridge resort. She says she found inspiration today out on the slopes.

"It's incredible. February has definitely delivered," Lococo said.


Copper Mountain in Colorado sees snowiest February ever with 88 inches of powder

Breckenridge broke its own February record last week

With 10 inches of fresh snow to report Monday morning, Copper Mountain broke its record for February snowfall. Its neighbor on the other side of the Tenmile Range, Breckenridge, broke its February record last week.

With six days left in the month, Copper has received 88 inches of snow. The previous record was 83 inches in 1986. Breckenridge has received 110 inches this month