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Floods in southeast Tanzania leave 21 people dead

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Floods that hit southeastern Tanzania's Lindi region have left 21 people dead, the Tanzanian ITV broadcaster reported.

According to the ITV broadcaster, 500 more people are trapped in Kilwa Kisiwani county, awaiting their evacuation to a safer place.

The Tanzanian army will deliver humanitarian aid to the areas affected by helicopters and aircraft, the media outlet added, citing local authorities.

According to some media reports, 13 people have died and 15,000 Tanzanians remain homeless across the Lindi region as a result of floods.


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Temperature extremes: From a blistering 40C to summer snow at -1C in 24 hours for Tasmania, Australia

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Adrian Van Beek and his family decided to escape the hot Brisbane summer and take a holiday in Hobart but when they arrived, they were hit by opposite extremes.

Hobart's temperatures spiked at 40C last Friday, making it the hottest day since 1899.

"On the first day, we'd planned to go up the mountain, but it was so hot that we couldn't," Mr Van Beek told Nine.com.


The next day, Mr Van Beek and family set off to enjoy a cooler day only to get caught in major snow fall and temperatures of -1C on Mount Wellington overlooking Hobart.


Attention

"Unprecedented": Locust invasion approaches full-blown crisis across Africa and southwest Asia

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© EPA
Men run through a swarm of desert locusts to chase them away in the bush near Enziu, Kitui County, some 200km east of the capital Nairobi, Kenya.
Locust swarms of biblical proportions are threatening crops across a wide swath of Africa and southwest Asia — spurring alarm among top international officials.

A major concern is famine. The United Nations is warning that mass swarms of desert locusts are endangering food supplies in eastern Africa. In response, officials in Rome mobilized an emergency briefing yesterday in a bid to raise money — noting the situation has a high potential to devolve into a full-blown crisis.

"This is an unprecedented situation that we are facing," said Dominique Burgeon, an emergency services director at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

Comment: RT has collected footage of the devastating locust swarms:





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Doberman

Man dies after being mauled by his pet dog in Oldham, UK

Jonny Halstead, left, and his dog

Jonny Halstead, left, and his dog
Jonny Halstead 'bitten multiple times' at house in Oldham

A 35-year-old man has been found dead after being mauled by his pet dog.

The body of Jonny Halstead was discovered after emergency services were called to a house in Oldham.

Greater Manchester Police said that they had received a report a man had been "bitten multiple times by a dog" at the property in Duckworth Street, Shaw.

Attention

Sperm whale dies after three-day struggle in Thames estuary, UK

Rescuers monitored 'distressed and confused' animal off coast of Whitstable

DEAD WHALE
A sperm whale has died after becoming stranded in the Thames estuary in Kent.

The mammal was first spotted in the river around 100 metres from the coastline near Whitstable on Thursday.

It was later seen moving up and down the channel between north Kent and the Isle of Sheppey.

The whale was monitored by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), which described it as appearing "distressed and confused".

Comment: Globally in the past 6 days dead whales have also turned up off the coasts of Thailand, Indonesia and North Carolina.

Officials from a marine and coastal resources research centre examine the dead Bruda whale washed ashore in the mangrove forest at Bang Poo, Samut Prakan.
© Sutthiwit Chayutworakan
Officials from a marine and coastal resources research centre examine the dead Bruda whale washed ashore in the mangrove forest at Bang Poo, Samut Prakan.

Kupang Water Conservation Area Agency personnel and Tasilo village residents working together to remove a sperm whale carcass from mangroves on the Tasilo Beach shoreline
© The Jakarta Post/ANN
Kupang Water Conservation Area Agency personnel and Tasilo village residents working together to remove a sperm whale carcass from mangroves on the Tasilo Beach shoreline

A dead humpback whale was found on an Outer Banks beach on Thursday, rescuers say.
© OUTER BANKS MARINE MAMMAL STRANDING NETWORK
A dead humpback whale was found on an Outer Banks beach on Thursday, rescuers say.



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Torrential rain kills at least 3 in Rwanda

FLOODS
Heavy rains which hit several parts across Rwanda on Tuesday night had killed at least three people before destroying farms and sweeping away five homes, a senior government official said on Wednesday.The Permanent Secretary in the Rwandan ministry of Disaster management and Refugees Affairs, Olivier Kayumba explained that among the most affected districts are Karongi and Rusizi in Western Province and Nyarugenge in Kigali city.

Reports indicated that in Nyarugenge district heavy rains triggered a landslide which destroyed a house, killing one occupant while in Rusizi and Karongi districts two of the victims died after a house they were sleeping in collapsed.


Question

Mysterious boom shakes homes in parts of southern Mississippi

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News 5 received multiple calls about shaking and a loud boom from the Springhill area of Mobile to Lucedale, Mississippi.

Callers say they felt a brief rattling in their homes, even one reported their doors were shaking. This is video and audio one viewer sent us. You can hear a noise-we're not sure exactly what it is.


Freddie Holloway lives in the Timberland North subdivision in Wilmer.

"I said, 'What was that?'" Holloway told News 5's Devon Walsh.

It is between Georgetown and Williams Road. His whole house was shaking. He first thought the washing machine had gotten off balance. His wife who is pregnant said she "freaked out" for a second.

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Rare snow devil filmed in mountains of Troms, Norway

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Rare snow devil
A rare snow devil was spotted swirling in the mountains of Troms, Norway, on January 28.

Evald Andersen captured footage of the event from his balcony.

According to the World Meteorological Organization, this phenomenon occurs when "surface wind shear acts to generate a vortex over snow cover, resulting in a whirling column of snow particles being raised from the ground."

The spinning columns tend to appear for brief moments and are therefore quite elusive and difficult to capture on camera.

"There was strong wind from the south/southwest being pushed over and down the mountain, creating this snow devil," said Magnus Andersen, Evald's son.


Credit: Magnus Andersen via Storyful

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Record snowfall on Taiwan's Yushan peak - nearly 10 inches in 17 hours

Yushan
© Yushan Weather Station
25 cm of snow on Taiwan's highest peak the heaviest snowfall in two decades, 'orange' alert for more cold weather

A punishing cold front has seen record snowfall on Taiwan's highest peak of Yushan (玉山), and an "orange" cold alert issued for the counties of Hsinchu, Miaoli, and Taoyuan.

This means that temperatures could well drop below 6 degrees Celsius in these areas, from Saturday night to early Sunday morning, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

In addition, there was a "yellow" alert for Taipei, New Taipei, Keelung, Hsinchu, Taichung, Changhua, Nantou, Yunlin, Chiayi (city and county), Tainan, Kaohsiung, Yilan, Hualien and Kinmen - meaning temperatures could drop below 10 C in these cities and counties.

Yushan, the nation's highest mountain at 3,952 meters (12,966 feet) above sea level, had experienced intermittent snow over a 17-hour period. This saw snowfalls of up to 25 centimeters, a record amount, stretching back to 20 years ago.


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Video: Dead birds mysteriously line the roadway in Macclenny, Florida

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*** Warning: The video in the story may be disturbing to some viewers due to the presence of dead animals.


(CREDIT: Mitchell Benton)