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4-year-old boy dies after being attacked by stray dog in Maharashtra, India

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A four-year-old boy, who was bit by a stray dog 22 days ago in Gangapur tehsil, succumbed to the infection resulting from the bite on Thursday.

The deceased has been identified as Dhanraj Sarode of Kodapur in Gangapur. He had sustained serious injuries in the attack on February 20. Police said the incident took place when the boy along with his mother Surekhabai had gone to their farm to water the crop.

In this incident, the boy sustained serious injuries and deep cuts on his face and upper body. His family rushed him to Government Medical College and Hospital in the city, where the medicos while following the standard operating procedure incubated him with rabies immune globulin.

"Despite giving the best available treatment, the boy's condition kept deteriorating. A couple of days ago, the team of his doctors indicated to the family about the situation going out of hand," said a medico from GMCH.

Based on the medico-legal case, a case of accidental death has been registered by Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar rural police. Following the incident, locals from the surrounding areas have expressed concerns about the stray dog, which they suspect of being ill, targeting people.


Woman fatally attacked by her neighbor's 2 Great Danes in Centre Township, Pennsylvania

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A Perry County woman was mauled to death Thursday by two Great Danes when she visited her neighbor's home to feed the pets, authorities said.

The attack happened around 5 p.m. in Centre Township, about 150 miles west of Philadelphia. Kristin Potter, 38, who had been feeding the dogs for their out-of-town owners, suffered multiple traumatic injuries in the attack, the Perry County Coroner's Office said. Her death was ruled accidental.

Both of the Great Danes were euthanized after the attack, police said. A third dog at the property was not involved in the attack. A Pennsylvania State Police spokesperson said there is an active investigation into the attack, but declined to provide additional details. It's unclear whether the attack happened indoors or outdoors.

Cloud Lightning

'We suffered a great loss': Farmer loses large part of income after lightning kills 21 cows in South Africa

Twenty-one cows were struck by lightning on a North West farm.
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Twenty-one cows were struck by lightning on a North West farm.
A North West farmer lost 21 cows after they were killed by lightning.

Eleven of the cows were pregnant.

The cows, worth around R260 000, were struck by lightning during heavy rain on Wednesday.

The owner of the cattle, Vincent Lobaleng, said 16 cows and five calves died at his Entry Farm near Morokweng.

Lobaleng lives in Morokweng and visits the farm regularly to assist the helper, who lives on the farm and looks after the cattle full time.

Lobaleng's nephew, Thusoitsile Lobaleng, said the helper discovered the carcasses on Thursday evening.


'Unfathomable': Millions of dead fish blanket river near Menindee, Australia in latest mass kill

Millions of fish have died in another mass kill in the lower Darling-Baaka river near Menindee, in New South West's far west.

Photos supplied by Menindee residents show dead fish - mostly bony bream, but also Murray cod, golden perch, silver perch and carp - blanketed across the river's surface.

It is the latest in a series of large-scale fish deaths that have prompted questions about the management of water levels in the Murray-Darling Basin. Menindee residents who spoke with Guardian Australia on Friday said the latest fish kill appeared larger than previous mass deaths.

About a million fish died during a sustained drought in the same area in 2019 after a rapid drop in temperature led to an algal bloom de-oxygenating the river.

Resident Graeme McCrabb said the scale of the mass kill on Friday was "unfathomable".

"It's horrendous here today," he said, speaking from the riverbank about 5km upstream of Menindee. "The river is just white. I'm looking at probably a kilometre or a kilometre-and-a-half of fish and they're all dead. It's unfathomable."

Cloud Precipitation

Cyclone Freddy dumped 6 months worth of rain in 6 days on Malawi - 326 killed, 200 still missing and 500,000 affected

Flooding in Nsanje, Malawi, 16 March 2023.
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Flooding in Nsanje, Malawi, 16 March 2023.
As the full extent of the damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Freddy becomes clear, disaster authorities in Malawi report a steep increase in the number of fatalities, people missing and people displaced from their homes.

Around 500,000 people are estimated to be affected by floods, mudslides and wind damage following the passage of Tropical Cyclone Freddy in southern Malawi. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Malawi estimated Cyclone Freddy dumped the equivalent of 6 months of rainfall in 6 days.

Affected areas now include Balaka, Blantyre City and District, Chikwawa, Chiradzulu, Machinga, Mangochi, Mulanje, Mwanza, Neno, Nsanje, Phalombe, Thyolo, and Zomba City and District.

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Huge avalanche at Slopestyle World Cup in Tignes, France captured on video

The avalanche hurtled toward the Slopestyle course.

The avalanche hurtled toward the Slopestyle course.
Incredible images have been shared across social media after an avalanche in Tignes, France, was hurtling towards the FIS World Cup Slopestyle course, where the world's best freestyle skiers were training and about to compete in the qualification round on March 16, 2023.

US Freestyle skier Cody La Plante shared footage in his Instagram stories of the avalanche mercilessly making its way towards the Slopestyle course and skiers, course officials, and shapers scrambling to get away from the snow plumes. According to La Plante, everyone is okay, but qualifiers had to be postponed by a day.

Other athletes who captured incredible footage of the avalanche include Sweden's Jesper Tjäder and Switzerland's Andri Ragettli.


50 feet of snow buries chairlifts at California ski resorts

Ski resorts in California are enjoying an epic snow season with more than 50 feet of snow having fallen in some areas. But is it too much snow?

It was for at least two ski resorts where chairlifts were literally buried in snow, as seen at Sierra-at-Tahoe and Bear Valley Resort.

"This historic year is a sight to see," Sierra-at-Tahoe stated Monday on Facebook. "Chairs have significant rime ice buildup that must be manually removed, lift shacks + ski patrol stations are completely buried, Puma chairs in West Bowl have been covered.

"Historic days for a historic year are on the horizon with clear days in the forecast later this week!!"

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Lightning strike kills two college students in Assam, India


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Two college students were killed after being struck by lightning at Assam's Abahyapuri town in the Bongaigaon district.

The deceased were identified as Dwipjyoti Roy and Jintu Kumar Rai.

According to reports, the duo was heading to the market when lightning struck them at Rajbari.

Later locals rescued them and rushed them to a government hospital where they were declared brought dead.

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Assam: Lightning strike kills two college students in Abhayapuri

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Lightning kills mother, son in Uganda


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Two members of the same family in Rukungiri district died on the spot on Wednesday after they were struck by lightning.

Kigezi region Police spokesman Elly Maate identified the victims as Enoth Tukwasibwe, 30, and his mother, Jolly Baryakabuza, 75, both residents of Keita Village in Nyabitete Parish, Bugangari sub-county.

Maate told journalists that the unfortunate incident occurred at their home during a heavy downpour while the old woman was in the kitchen preparing supper and the son was in the main house with his father, who was not affected.

Police were alerted by area LC1 chairperson Alex Warugaba, and the scene was visited.

Bugangari sub-county chairperson Gastone Byamukama was among the leaders who came to comfort the family. He said this was the second incident of lightning in the area in two weeks after a 26-year-old woman was also struck by lightning.

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Lightning in Telangana, India claims life of man, leaves 40 goats dead


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Telangana saw a tragic incident yesterday, as heavy rainfall, hailstorm, and lightning were witnessed in the state. The lightning in Telangana claimed the life of a young tribal shepherd and over 40 sheep in the Nagarjunasagar mandal of Nalgonda district.

The young man named Saidanayak from Chintala Thanda used to make a living by rearing goats. He had taken the goats to the forest for grazing and stopped them under a tree after grazing since morning. While it was raining heavily, suddenly there was a thunderbolt with a loud noise. As a result, the young man and about 40 goats under the tree died on the spot due to lightning in Telangana.

Video of disaster due to lightning in Telangana went viral

The villagers came to know about the incident and reached the spot. Uncomfortable scenes of the disaster due to lightning in Telangana went viral on social media.