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Abnormal cold front in Turkey affects citrus groves

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A heavy cold front hit Turkey with snow and temperatures dropping to -15°C in some parts of the country. Fruit and vegetable crops were affected, particularly citrus groves in the Adana region, the leading citrus fruit producer in Turkey, boasting around 30 thousand hectares destined to the cultivation of oranges, lemons and tangerines.

Around 70% of companies have reported heavy damages, but the effects will be fully visible only in a few days' time. During 4-5 nights, the temperature dropped to -7°C. Luckily, most of the fruit has already been harvested, but the problem remains due to the typical effect of post-frost phylloptosis on plants as leaves wilt and tend to fall.

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Early February setting records for snowfall in south west Montana

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The first nine days of February have been impressive for snow across SW Montana, especially east of the divide.

The month began with near record highs wiping out most of the lower valley snowpack. That quickly changed by the 2nd of February with storm after storm through the 8th of February.

Many (not all) valleys east of the divide across SW Montana have seen between 1' to just under 2' of snow in the first nine days of the month and ski resorts are reporting around 3.5' of new snow.

Comment: A few days later days on the 12th heavy snowfall continued in the area with Showdown being dumped upon with 28 inches of the white stuff in 24 hours.


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Unusually heavy snowfall in Kurdistan region of Iraq blocks border crossing, main roads

Snow covers the Kurdistan Region's border town of Haji Omaran, Feb. 13, 2020.
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Snow covers the Kurdistan Region's border town of Haji Omaran, Feb. 13, 2020.
The main road at the Fishkhabour international border crossing in the province of Duhok has been blocked due to unusually heavy snowfall that has covered most cities in the Kurdistan Region, as well as several others southward in Iraq where snow is rarely seen.

Local sources reported that transportation has been closed due to snow accumulation, stopping travelers and transport of goods between the Kurdistan Region and Syria.

The Fishkhabour border crossing is located on the Tigris River in Zakho district, 85 km west of Duhok city. It was established in 1991 and remains a key gateway connecting the Kurdistan Region to Syria, though the volume of goods passing through is limited.


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Mexico's mighty Popocatepetl volcano erupts in nighttime explosion

Popocatepetl volcano erupts

Popocatepetl volcano erupts
Mexico's mighty Popocatepetl volcano erupted Thursday, with a dramatic show of lava flying from its crater and an ash column rising some 1,500 meters (4,921 feet) into the night sky.

According to reports, the explosion occurred at 00:55 local time (06:55 GMT).

Popocatepetl is 5,426 meters (17,802 feet) tall and is the second-highest mountain in Mexico and the fifth-highest in North America.

El Popo, as it is affectionately known locally, is one of Mexico's most active volcanoes.


Attention

Strange animal behavior: Group of wallabies viciously attack four-year-old boy in Cairns, Australia

Queensland boy Elijah Deacon has been hospitalised with deep cuts in a wallaby attack.
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Queensland boy Elijah Deacon has been hospitalised with deep cuts in a wallaby attack.
A four-year-old boy has been left bloodied and traumatised after being attacked by wallabies in far north Queensland.

Elijah Deacon's mother was forced to fight off the mob after he suffered deep scratches and bites.

Elijah was playing with his brother at a sports field in Cairns when the animals chased him down and knocked him to the ground.


His distraught mother, Riana, has told 7NEWS the attack was relentless and vicious.

She says she managed to fight the animals off, before they started chasing her.



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Six-year-old killed by stray dog in Pakistan

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A six-year-old boy was killed in Multan's Shershah after a stray dog attacked him.

The boy, Sujawal, had gone into the fields to play when the dog attacked him, his family said.

Residents want the culling campaign to be restarted in the area. But the District Health Authority Chief Executive Officer Dr Munawar Abbas believes the reason for the attacks is because people have kept the dogs as pets.

The Multan Metropolitan Corporation has informed the provincial health department multiple times of the failure of the culling campaign.

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Japan is rattled by 5.2-magnitude earthquake near Fukushima

EArthquake japan fukashima February 2020
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Japan was rattled by a 5.2-magnitude earthquake off the country's east coast on February 12, 2020
Japan was rattled by a 5.2-magnitude earthquake off the country's east coast today

The US Geological Survey said today's earthquake had struck at a depth of around 50 miles under the sea.

One witness told earthquake monitoring service EMSC that the quake produced a 'weak but long shake' lasting about 10 seconds.

Another said their heater had moved around on its four wheels while making a sound. Officials in Fukushima prefecture warned residents that there could be aftershocks and directed them to official public safety advice.

Energy company TEPCO, which runs four nuclear power plants in the prefecture, said it was awaiting further information about the earthquake's impact.

In 2011, Fukushima was the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl when a 9.1-magnitude earthquake caused a tsunami.

The wave flooded the nuclear power plant and caused a massive meltdown, spewing out radiation that forced 160,000 people to flee their homes.

Japan is located on the Pacific 'Ring of Fire' and is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries.

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Heavy snowfall, avalanches leave 21 dead, 7 missing in Afghanistan (UPDATE)

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The collapse of mud houses in remote mountainous Daikundi province caused deaths, six from single family

Heavy snow and avalanches claimed at least 15 lives, including six people of a single family in Afghanistan, an official confirmed on Thursday.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Assadullah Sarwari, regional head of the Afghanistan Disasters Management Authority in central Daikundi province said, avalanches have caused death and destruction in the past 24 hours.

He confirmed the death of 15 people, including six members of a single-family. "Among the victims included two pregnant women who died because of their inability to reach to hospital for the delivery", he said.

Comment: Update: News18 reports on Feb 14th:
At least 21 people were killed after a series of avalanches struck a central province in Afghanistan, authorities said Friday.

According to Ahmad Tameem Azimi, spokesman of the ministry for disaster management, seven people remain missing following the avalanches in central Daykundi province on Thursday. Ten people have been injured.

The 21 killed were all from two families in the area, Azimi said. At least 50 houses were destroyed. Azimi added that search and rescue teams have been working since Thursday to find the missing and help the victims.

He said the number of dead was expected to climb with cold weather and difficult conditions hampering rescue efforts. Most highways have been closed for weeks, due to heavy snowfall and fears of avalanches.

This winter in Afghanistan has been harsh, with heavy snowfall, avalanches and flash flooding. Thursday's deaths bring the death toll from avalanches and flash floods in the country in the past two months to 72.

Scores have also been injured and 2,400 houses have been swept away in flash floods since the start of winter. Afghanistan has suffered through more than four decades of war and conflict since the Soviet invasion in 1979.

But natural disasters such as landslides, floods and avalanches have also taken a heavy toll on a country with little infrastructure or development outside of its major cities. Environmental degradation has also worsened the problems.



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Flake news: Big snow at Showdown, Montana - 28 inches in 24 hours

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Showdown Montana reported on Wednesday that it received 28" of snowfall in the last 24 hours.

Showdown said in an email that "it was all hands on deck at Showdown today for snow removal, with almost all employees dredging waist deep in powder all morning."

They have received 238" of snowfall so far this season.

Showdown is open Wednesdays - Sundays; closing day this season is scheduled for April 5.


Cloud Precipitation

Bolivia: Floods hit La Paz and Potosí Departments - up to 8 inches of rainfall in 24 hours

Restricted parking

Restricted parking

Heavy rain has affected several parts of Bolivia over the last few days, triggering floods in La Paz and Potosí departments.

Bolivia news agency ABI reported flooding in Achocalla in La Paz Department, where 1 person died and around 12 homes were destroyed after a river broke its banks. The government has provided food and relief supplies to 21 affected families.

Authorities in La Paz department said that flooding had damaged a bridge in Mecapaca.

Floods were also reported in the south of the country. The government said flooding in Cotagaita, Potosí Department on 06 February had damaged or destroyed 250 homes, affecting hundreds of people.


Comment: In the month prior: At least 6 dead as severe weather triggers floods, landslides and lightning strikes in Bolivia