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Indonesia - Floods in Sulawesi affect over 60,000

Floods in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, August 2021.
Floods in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, August 2021.
Widespread flooding has affected over 60,000 people across 4 regencies of South Sulawesi, Indonesia, after heavy rainfall over the last few days.

Indonesia's disaster agency Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB) reported flooding and landslides in North Luwu, Wajo, Soppeng and Bone regencies in South Sulawesi from 28 August 2021. In some areas flood water was 2 metres deep.

As of 30 August, a total of 14,175 families or 62,860 people were affected. Furthermore, 12,763 houses were damaged, along with bridges, roads, schools, medical centres and other public buildings.

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Indonesia - 5 killed in North Sumatra landslides and mudflows

Landslide in North Sumatra, Indonesia, August 2021.
© BPBD Karo Regency
Landslide in North Sumatra, Indonesia, August 2021.
Five people lost their lives after heavy rain caused landslides and mudflows in North Sumatra Province of Indonesia.

Two landslides struck in areas of Kabanjahe District in Karo Regency late on 26 August 2021. Heavy rain also caused mudflows in Tiganderket District. No injuries or fatalities were reported.

According to disaster authorities in Indonesia, the landslides in Kabanjahe damaged or destroyed 7 houses. Five people died in the incident while 4 people were injured.


'Catastrophic damage': Entire city of New Orleans loses power; water and sewage system crippled by Hurricane Ida

damage hurrican Ida new orleans 2021
© AP Photo/Eric Gay
A man passes by a section of roof that was blown off of a building in the French Quarter by Hurricane Ida winds, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, in New Orleans.
New Orleans is facing catastrophic damage from Hurricane Ida Sunday. The storm has been downgraded from a Category 4 to a 3, but the winds, rain and surge have left the entire city without power due to "catastrophic transmission damage" that has also crippled the water and sewage system.


South Africans frolic in heavier than usual snowfall - up to 50cms

South Africans frolick in the snow

DW's Adrian Kriesch drove just outside of Cape Town, an area that's currently seeing massive snow fall - much to the pleasure of both young and old.

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Heavy rain in China forces thousands to evacuate as deluge causes flooding and landslides

Heavy torrential rains continued to hit China over the weekend of August 28-29, 2021, including in the northwestern province of Shaanxi where rainfall triggered widespread flooding and landslides.

More than 23,000 people had to be evacuated to safety, and in some parts of the sprawling municipality of Chongqing, in southwestern China, water levels reportedly rose at a speed of about 30-40cm (12-15 inches) per hour.

A provincial highway was flooded in the municipality's Hechuan district, and its Chengkou county reported the highest maximum peak flow in 20 years on the Ren River. Local authorities activated their highest-level flood control response on August 29.

Comment: An extreme thunderstorm also struck the city of Hangzhou on August 26:


Endangered fin whale beached along Delaware coast dies

© WGMD/Walt Palmer
Officials say a 50-foot endangered fin whale found stranded along the Delaware coast has died. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said in a Facebook post Friday that scientists were taking measurements and samples of the whale, which would then be buried in a trench on the beach.

Biologists monitoring the whale say it "seems to be struggling," according to the MERR Institute. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is working with partners in the region to develop a response plan "which includes options for palliative care, sedation, or euthanasia."

The whale first showed up in Lewes on Thursday, stranded on a sandbar. It was able to swim back out to sea but later became beached on the ocean side of The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park, where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean.

Source: AP

Comment: Also in the same region recently: Dead 54-foot fin whale washes up on Barnegat Light Beach, New Jersey

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Mom repeatedly punches mountain lion with bare hands, saving her 5-year-old son's life in Calabasas, California

A California woman has been called "a hero" by state officials after she fought off a mountain lion with her bare hands after it attacked her 5-year-old son.

The boy was playing by a tree near his home in Calabasas, west of Los Angeles, on Thursday morning when a 65-pound mountain lion attacked him, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Department spokesman Patrick Foy told the Associated Press the mountain lion "dragged him about 45 yards" before his mother, came to the rescue.

"She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son," Foy said. "The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son's life."

Foy told CBSLA the boy's mother noticed the attack when she heard her son screaming. He added the boy suffered traumatic injuries to his head and torso and was taken to a children's hospital in Los Angeles.


Student mauled to death by pack of stray dogs in Satriano, Italy

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A student was mauled to death by a pack of stray dogs while she was on a romantic picnic with her boyfriend.

Simona Cavallaro, a 20-year-old Italian, died after she was attacked by the dogs in the southern Italian town of Satriano earlier this week.

Cavallaro and her boyfriend, who has not been identified, had finished their picnic in the woods with a group of friends and had decided to go for a stroll, local news site Agi reports.

The couple were attacked by a pack of stray dogs whilst they were passing through a densely wooded area.

Cavallaro's boyfriend eventually got away but she was mauled by the dogs that are reported to have attacked every part of her body.


Italy's Mount Etna erupts after weeks of calm

Italy's Mount Etna erupted on August 29 spewing ash and lava after weeks of calm.

This footage by Giuseppe Tonzuso shows the volcano spraying debris and bright red lava down the side of its southeast crater as smoke and ash billow skyward.

Credit: Giuseppe Tonzuso via Storyful

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Dead 54-foot fin whale washes up on Barnegat Light Beach, New Jersey

© Ryan Morrill
A 54-foot decomposing fin whale that washed up on Barnegat Light's 19th Street beach Sunday morning would be too large to be disposed of any other way than burying it, according to the director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center who was consulted after the whale washed up.

Bob Schoelkopf, director of the Brigantine-based stranding center, said a necropsy would not be performed. "The animal had been dead too long."

The definitive cause of the male whale's death was "hard to tell," Schoelkopf said, because "it had been dead for several days." The carcass showed "large shark bites."

"We think the animal may have been struck by a freighter, a large ship."