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3 bodies found after 6 go missing in Nepal avalanche

6 people went missing while picking a precious Himalayan herb meant for vitality. (Representational)

6 people went missing while picking a precious Himalayan herb meant for vitality. (Representational)
Three bodies were found on Wednesday by security personnel in Nepal after six people went missing while picking a precious Himalayan herb meant for vitality, as avalanches struck two remote mountainous regions of the country, media reports said.

Yarshagumba is a half herb and half insect, believed to have the power to increase vitality and sexual energy. The herb, also known as caterpillar fungus, is found in the high Himalayas.

Security personnel found the bodies of two women and a man, who were among the five people who went missing on Tuesday in an avalanche which occurred in the mountainous area of the Darchula district, MyRepublica newspaper reported.


Snow-laden Sierra gets more snow halfway through spring, up to 15 inches in 48 hours

The calendar may show spring is halfway to summer, but it's still snowing in California.

In the Sierra Nevada, the Heavenly ski resort at Lake Tahoe reported Wednesday that 15 inches of snow had fallen over 48 hours, burnishing the epic snowpack left by a relentlessly wet winter.

Northwest of Tahoe, 5.5 inches was recorded over two days at the University of California, Berkeley, Central Sierra Snow Lab, raising its season total to 743 inches.

"Another 2.6" of snow over the last 24 hours brings our 2-day total to 5.5" and our season total to 743," researchers at the lab tweeted. "As expected, we're still seeing melt but the rate has slowed due to the clouds and cooler temps."

Strikingly, winter weather advisories were to take effect Wednesday night in Southern California mountain ranges. Forecasters predicted 4-8 inches of snow above 6,000 feet and local totals up to 14 inches.

Cloud Precipitation

Evacuations and rescues after floods in Emilia Romagna, Italy - 2 dead after "Unprecedented" floods - 7 inches of rain in 24 hours (UPDATE)

Floods in Emilia Romagna, Italy, May 2023
© Vigili del Fuoco
Floods in Emilia Romagna, Italy, May 2023
Firefighters in Italy have carried out dozens of rescues and evacuations after flooding and landslides in areas of the Emilia Romagna region.

On 03 May 2023, Vigili del Fuoco, the fire and rescue department in Italy, reported 400 interventions due to flooding and landslides in the Emilia Romagna region in the north of the country.

Comment: Update May 4

The same source reports:
At least 2 fatalities have been reported as a result of severe flooding and landslides in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.

President of the Emilia-Romagna Region, Stefano Bonaccini, described the situation as unprecedented. Levels of the Lamone River jumped by over 10 metres in less than 24 hours. Areas of Bologna Province recorded more than 190 mm of rain in 24 hours.

Floods in Emilia-Romagna Italy, 03 May 2023.
© Regione Emilia-Romagna
Floods in Emilia-Romagna Italy, 03 May 2023.
The worst affected areas are in the provinces of Bologna, Ravenna and Forlì-Cesena. Teams from Vigil del Fuoco, Italy's fire and rescue service, are continuing to carry out rescues by boat and helicopter, most recently in Sant'Agata Sul Santerno in the Province of Ravenna. Three hundred firefighters have carried out over 500 interventions since the start of the severe weather. Around 500 people have evacuated their homes. Schools have been closed and rail transport disrupted.

Vigil del Fuoco confirmed one person died after a landslide buried a house in Fontanelice in Bologna Province. There were unconfirmed reports of another person missing under the rubble. Another person died after being swept away by floodwaters of the overflowing Senio River in Castel Bolognese, Province of Ravenna.

President of the Emilia-Romagna Region, Stefano Bonaccini, said in a statement that never had so much water fallen in such a short time in the region, and the situation "has no historical precedent." He confirmed that the region has requested a national state of emergency from the Italian government.

Incessant rain for more than 48 hours caused rivers to break their banks. Botteghino di Zocca in the Metropolitan City of Bologna area recorded 198.2 mm of rain in 24 hours on 02 May. The town of Ponticelli recorded 163.8 mm during the same period.

Emilia-Romagna Civil Protection said that at one point on 03 May, as many as 13 rivers were at the highest alert (red) stage. Until this point, levels of many of the region's watercourses had been low after a long-term dry period.

Authorities said flooding along the Lamone River in areas near Bagnacavallo was of particular concern. An embankment along the Lamone River failed in Faenza in the province of Ravenna.

Levels of the Lamone River near Pieve Cesato, Province of Ravenna jumped from around 1 metre early on 02 May to over 11 metres by early 03 May, according to data from Arpae Emilia-Romagna.

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Deadly floods and landslides in 3 districts of Uganda - at least 6 dead

Landslide in Kasese District, Uganda, April 2023
© Uganda Red Cross Society
Landslide in Kasese District, Uganda, April 2023
Update, 03 May 2023:

Early on 03 May 2023 the Uganda Red Cross Society reported at least 6 people died after heavy rain triggered landslides in Kisoro District in Western Uganda Region. Five members of the same family died when a landslide struck their home in Biizi village in Murora Sub-County. Another person died in a separate incident in Gihuyaga village, also in Murora Sub-County. One person was injured and taken to hospital.


Fin whale stranded off Bridlington, UK dies

The whale was sighted on Tuesday afternoon off Bridlington's South Beach
The whale was sighted on Tuesday afternoon off Bridlington's South Beach
A whale has died after becoming stranded off the East Yorkshire coast.

The 55ft (17m) long creature was confirmed dead off Bridlington's South Beach at around 18:00 BST on Tuesday, British Divers Marine Life Rescue told the BBC.

It was believed to be a male fin whale, the world's second-largest animal after the blue whale.

Bridlington's mayor Mike Heslop-Mullens had earlier urged people to keep away while efforts were made to save it.


It's May and snowing in high-altitude areas of Himachal Pradesh, India - up to a foot deep

It's May and the high-altitude areas of Himachal Pradesh are still receiving snowfall, making the hill destinations more picturesque.

The unseasonal precipitation in the state has pushed down the mercury by several notches, weather experts said on Wednesday.

Tourist spots near Shimla like Kufri and Narkanda have experienced moderate to heavy rains. However, nearby destinations of Manali and Kalpa, 250 km from the capital, witnessed mild spells of snow.

According to HP Traffic, Tourists and Railways Police, heavy snowfall in the Chanshil area blocked roads with one feet snow. "Two JCBs deployed to clear snow and 30 vehicles stranded. Efforts are underway to clear the snow from the road surface," it said.


26 inches of record snow wallops Michiganders in May: 'Feels like the never-ending winter' (UPDATE)

Vehicles buried in more than foot of snow in Ishpeming, Michigan on May 1, 2023.
© Mandy Carlson Moebius
Vehicles buried in more than foot of snow in Ishpeming, Michigan on May 1, 2023.
Winter just won't go away in parts of Michigan as some people are getting walloped on May 1st, more than a month after spring officially arrived. We're talking a foot and a half of snow in the Upper Peninsula with even more on the way.

Long-time Yooper, Mandy Carlson Moebius, says she can't believe the amount of snow they've gotten in her Marquette County home of Ishpeming. She says the snow started falling around midnight and it was still coming down as of 7:00 p.m. with no end in sight.

"This feels like the never-ending winter," Moebius frustratingly told MLive. "The snow was almost gone only to come back with a vengeance. We are so ready for spring to arrive."

Comment: Update May 3

FOX 2 reports:
Michigan Upper Peninsula winter storm smashing snowfall records

National Weather Service station in Marquette.

National Weather Service station in Marquette.
Snow in May is rare. The state of Michigan took that as a challenge, apparently.

The National Weather Service post in state's upper peninsula recorded an "historic snowstorm" this week after more than 26 inches fell on May 1 and 2.

"This historic snowstorm is finally coming to an end after setting impressive daily and monthly snowfall records at the Marquette National Weather Service Office where records date back to 1959," read a tweet from the NWS Marquette post.

Among the records broken include:

Snowfall totals for May 1 - 19.8 inches

Snowfall totals over a two-day period in May - 26.2 inches

Snowiest May on record - 26.2 inches

Greatest May snow depth - 20 inches as of 8 a.m. on May 2

A climatologist that was following along the snowstorm said that weather station in Herman, which is in the west side of the U.P., recorded 27 inches of snow. It's the greatest single-day May snowfall to happen in the eastern half of the continental U.S.

Some of the hardest hit parts of the peninsula include inland portions just west of Marquette and south of the Keweenaw peninsula. Ontonagon County also experienced heavy snowfall.

With the snow came some brutally cold wind gusts reaching 45 mph and power outage conditions.

The massive pile of snow that got dumped on the U.P. has to go somewhere, which means a grand snowmelt may be upon northern Michigan residents this week. Temperatures are expected to rise into the 40s and 50s, along with rain chances.

The heavy accumulation could mean flooding concerns are next on the weather service's radar. Much of the U.P. will be under a Flood Watch this week.


Boy mauled to death by stray dogs in Uttar Pradesh, India

A 12-year-old boy was mauled to death by a pack of stray dogs in CB Ganj area in Uttar Pradesh's Bareilly. A child was also injured in the attack.

The incident occurred on Tuesday when the canines attacked the victim, Ayaan, who was playing with his friends in Khana Gauntiya village.

The boy ran for his life as the stray dogs went after him. However, he fell down on the ground, following which the dogs pounced on him and attacked him.

Passers-by saw the boy being attacked by dogs and rescued him. He was rushed to a hospital but succumbed to his injuries.


7 dead, 37 hospitalized after blinding dust storm causes pileups on Illinois highway

Strong winds whipped up newly plowed fields off I-55 in Illinois, according to the National Weather Service, causing a massive vehicle pileup.

Strong winds whipped up newly plowed fields off I-55 in Illinois, according to the National Weather Service, causing a massive vehicle pileup.
The death from Monday's pileups in rural Illinois rose to seven, Illinois State Police said in a statement.

"The severity of the crash masked the remains and what was previously believed to be the remains of one individual was two," the agency said.

Officials said vehicles were so mangled, with some in flames immediately after the pileups, that criminal investigative techniques have been deployed to identify some of the victims.

"Due to the severity of the crash and the fire, we have activated our crime scene services and traffic crash reconstruction units," state police said by email Tuesday.

Thirty-seven other people, ages 2 to 80, were hospitalized with injuries from minor to life-threatening, Illinois State Police said earlier.


Two small earthquakes hit the Netherlands

aardbeving iran
© Shutterstock
On Sunday evening April 16th, an earthquake measuring 2.5 on the Richter scale was felt by residents of the Dutch province of Limburg. Residents in the vicinity of the Dutch cities of Venlo and Roermond in particular felt the earthquake. The epicenter of the earthquake was located in the German city of Brüggen, which lies very close to the border with the Netherlands. It occurred at a depth of 19 kilometers (12 miles).

Several Dutch residents of Venlo tweeted about the event: