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India - 7 rivers above danger mark in Bihar, floods affect over 250,000

Residents use a boat to move in a flooded neighbourhood in Kareli Gaus Nagar area of Allahabad on 12 August, 2021 following heavy monsoon rainfalls that caused the overflowing of the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers.
Residents use a boat to move in a flooded neighbourhood in Kareli Gaus Nagar area of Allahabad on 12 August, 2021 following heavy monsoon rainfalls that caused the overflowing of the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers.
The Disaster Management Division (DMD) in India reported on 11 August that flooding has affected over 250,000 people in the eastern state of Bihar over the last few days. Seven rivers in the state, including the Ganges, are above the danger mark in 15 locations.

DMD reported 252,000 people affected across 125 villages in 5 districts, as of 10 August. The situation has worsened after further heavy rainfall over recent days, with more expected.

As of 11 August, rivers were above the danger mark in the districts of Vaishali, Katihar, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Bhagalpur, Buxar, Jehanabad, Khagaria and Gopalganj.

Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister of Bihar, carried out an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas on 11 August 2021 and instructed officials to further step up relief and rescue operation in 12 affected districts.


Three people in hospital after polar bear attack near Nunavut community in Canada

Three people are in hospital after they were attacked by a polar bear in Nunavut's Baffin region.

RCMP say the three were badly injured but are expected to recover.

Officers were dispatched to a report of the attack near some cabins yesterday afternoon outside Sanirajak, a community of abut 850 people.

They were told three people had been taken to the local health centre.

Two women were later airlifted to the hospital in Iqaluit and a man was flown to a hospital in Ottawa.

RCMP say the polar bear was found dead at the site of the attack and transported to the wildlife office.

Source: The Canadian Press


Baby dies after magpie swooping attack in Brisbane, Australia

An Australian family is mourning the loss of a five-month-old girl who died after her mother tried to protect her from a swooping magpie.

Baby Mia was in her mother's arms when a magpie swooped at them in Brisbane's Glindemann Park on Sunday, causing her mother to trip and fall. Mia was rushed to hospital but later died from injuries sustained in the fall, according to the Queensland Ambulance Service.

"The parents and bystanders did a really fantastic job, they got us coming really quickly and allowed the little one to have the best possible chance," Tom Holland, a paramedic who attended the scene, said in a press conference.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills around 550 sheep in Georgia

Around 550 sheep were killed during a lightning strike on Mount Abul in the Ninotsminda region in southern Georgia on August 9.

Deputy Mayor of Ninotsminda Artavaz Tonoiani says that there were about 1,500 sheep on the pasture which is located five kilometers from the village of Tambovka, Ninotsminda.

Part of the dead livestock belonged to a local farmer from Tambovka, and part to farmers from Kakheti.

Jnews shares a video provided by the farmer's son Yagor Levanov that shows killed sheep on the pasture.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: When the easiest food source stops

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Fast food chains experiencing paper bag shortages with McDonalds leading the shortages. Questions across the industry are how will people be able to take away food from the drive through? Crops in mega-drought zones. Cannon ball sized hail Germany and Lightning strike through a car aftermath.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 4 in Sherpur, Bangladesh

They were killed in four separate incidents of lightning strikes in the district

A total of four people including two teenagers died from separate lightning strikes in Sherpur on Wednesday.

The deceased were identified as Mostofa Mia of Krishnapur Doripara village in Sherpur sadar, Azizul Haque of Lava village in Nokla upazila, Md Arman Hossain of Goshaipur village in Sreebardi upazila, and Russel Mia of Jhenaigati upazila.

Mostofa was struck by a thunderbolt on Wednesday afternoon when he was working in a paddy field during rain. Two others were injured in the strike.

Comment: On the same day a lightning strike killed 2 people in Odisha, India.

Bizarro Earth

Major landslide hits northern Indian highway near Tibet border: Dozens trapped under debris

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A landslide reported on Reckong Peo- Shimla Highway in #Kinnaur District in Himachal Pradesh, August 11, 2021
The monsoon season has wreaked havoc in several parts of India, causing landslides and flash floods.

On Wednesday a major landslide hit the Reckong Peo-Shimla Highway, which passes through the Kinnaur District of India's mountainous Himachal Pradesh state, burying dozens of people and vehicles.

While the exact number of people feared trapped remains unclear, conflicting reports in Indian media suggest it could be as many as 80.

Bizarro Earth

Powerful magnitude 7.1 earthquake rattles Philippines

Sitting off the ring of fire, the Philippines is no stranger to seismic activity. One of the most disastrous earthquakes that shook the nation took place in 2012 after a magnitude 6.7 unfolded and led to the deaths of dozens of individuals and prompted injuries to over a hundred others. Many are still considered missing.

A massive magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the Philippines early Thursday, according to readings by the United States Geological Service.

Although the US agency initially issued a tsunami warning for the archipelagic country and nearby Indonesia, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has since stated that there is no longer a tsunami threat to the Philippines.

Details released by the USGS indicate that the quake struck at a depth of 50 kilometers at a distance of just 66 kilometers southeast of Bobon, Philippines. Initial readings of the the quake came in at a magnitude 6.1 and later upgraded to a magnitude 7.2 quake, before being downgraded to 7.1.
Philippines Earthquake


19-month-old toddler killed by family dog in Brooklyn, New York

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An 19-month-old child was killed in New York by the family dog, while his father was at work.

The attack happened in Flatbush, Brooklyn, at around 10.45pm EST (3.45am BST). According to New York Daily News, the boy had been left at home while his father went to work.

He was being watched over by two older brothers, aged 11 and nine.

Whilst the father was out the family's rottweiler launched a brutal assault in the ground floor apartment.

After the dog attacked the child, his siblings ran out into the street to seek help.

They managed to flag down a passing car, with an occupant then rescuing the toddler from the apartment.


Wildfires in Albania, North Macedonia and Kosovo

Firefighters managed to control a huge fire that broke out Monday night near the village of Kalimash in Albania and threatened the main access to neighbouring Kosovo.

The fire engulfed the area above the Thirrë-Kalimash Tunnel, burning trees and shrubbery.

No injuries occurred and traffic was able resume some hours later.

Comment: More extreme wildfires recently struck (on August 7) another country in the region - Kosovo: