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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Unprecedented global snows continue with the economic reset catalyst

Unprecedented Global Snow events from Taiwan to Cyprus and now the emergence of the excuse for a global financial lock up as oil drips to a halt by way of export from the Middle East Suez Canal Route.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills couple inside house in Malawi

A 52-year-old man identified as Austin Bosco and his wife Anes Banda aged 32 have died after being struck by lightning in Kasungu.

The incident happened on March 26, 2021, at around 18:40 hours at Chiteyeye location, Traditional Authority Kaomba in the district.

The assistant public relations officer for Kasungu police station sergeant Miracle Mikozi said that on the material day, Bosco and his family were inside the house while rain was falling outside.

"Unfortunately, the lightning hit them right inside their home as the main door of the house was left wide open while the couple was resting at the sitting room.

"They were taken by well-wishers to Kasungu District Hospital whereby death was confirmed upon arrival," said Mikozi.

Bosco hailed from Gala village, Traditional Authority Mwase while Anes Banda hailed from Chiteyeye village, Traditional Authority Kaomba in Kasungu District.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 19 cattle near Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Five families on the outskirts of Victoria Falls under Chief Mvuthu were left counting their losses after 19 cattle were killed by lightning during a heavy storm in the early hours of Saturday.

The cattle are part of a community project, which was established in 2016 by ten villagers who are into farming who are being assisted by Wild is Life Trust, an organisation that is into wild animal conservation.

The project had 72 cattle before tragedy struck.

The farmers take intervals to keep the cattle and they are meant to assist with manure for their communal farms.

The incident, according to Joseph Ncube who lost four of his cattle is suspected to have happened around 2 AM.


Remote areas remain cut off due to snow up to 3 feet deep in north Kashmir for 4th day

Dozens of far flung and remote villages, including those near the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir districts of Kupwara and Bandipora remained cut off for the fourth day on Thursday due to fresh snowfall, avalanches and landslides.

Border towns of Keran, Karnah, Machil and Tanghdar remained cut off with their district headquarter Kupwara, a Police Control Room (PCR) official told UNI over phone today.

Meanwhile, traffic to the border town of Gurez remained suspended since January 1 due to the accumulation of snow at Razdan pass and adjoining areas.

He said traffic continued to remain suspended to dozens of far-flung and remote villages, including those near the LoC, due to slippery road conditions following intermittent moderate to heavy snowfall on Monday and Tuesday.

However, yesterday weather was dry and sky clear, he said adding there was no snowfall during the night.


Mount Etna's sixteenth eruption in five weeks

Located on the east coast of Sicily, Mount Etna is the highest and most active volcano in Europe. Its last major eruption was back in July 2001, but it sees fairly regular Strombolian activity most years.

Recently, the volcano has been more active than average, with 16 eruptions over the past five weeks.

The latest explosion, which occurred overnight between 23 and 24 March, lasted twice as long as usual and happened on the back of a brief four-day hiatus.


At least 5 dead after tornadoes rip through Alabama, bring destruction to Georgia

tornadoes rip through Alabama

Tornadoes ripped through Alabama
Several powerful tornadoes tore through northern Alabama on Thursday, killing at least five people, injuring dozens of others and destroying entire neighborhoods.

Tornados also swept into neighbouring Georgia overnight into early Friday, causing widespread damage southwest of Atlanta. No fatalities have been reported yet in that state.

The five confirmed fatalities were in Ohatchee, Ala., a town of about 1,200 people in the northwestern corner of the state where a twister ripped apart homes and downed trees and power lines, according to the Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency.

Calhoun County coroner Pat Brown confirmed to the Gadsden Times newspaper that three of those killed were family members in a house that was hit. In addition, an adult male died in his mobile home, and a female adult died in another mobile home.


Thousands of homes damaged by floods in Bandung, Indonesia

Officers carry the bodies of victims who died in the flash floods in Citengah Village, South Sumedang District, Sumedang Regency, West Java
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Officers carry the bodies of victims who died in the flash floods in Citengah Village, South Sumedang District, Sumedang Regency, West Java
Heavy rain on 25 March caused the Citarum river and its tributaries to overflow in Bandung Regency, West Java, Indonesia.

Flooding was reported in Dayeuhkolot, Baleendah, Bojongsoang, Cicalengka and Rancaekek districts, with a depth of over 1 metre in some areas.

According to disaster authorities, as of 26 March more than 10,000 homes have been damaged, along with schools, public buildings and roads. A total of 60,539 people have been affected by the floods, with 39 people reported displaced.

The region is extremely flood-prone. Similar flooding occurred in January this year, as well as January, March, April and May of last year.


Shallow 5.4 magnitude earthquake in China's Xinjiang kills 3

A 5.4 magnitude earthquake in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwestern China claimed the lives of three people, media reported on Wednesday.

The tremor occurred on Tuesday at 9:14 p.m. local time (0:14 GMT) about 100 kilometers (62 miles) away from Aksu county. The epicenter of the earthquake lay at a depth of 10 kilometers.

Seismologists recorded 10 repeated aftershocks, the strongest of them had a magnitude of 3.4.

As of Wednesday, three deaths have been registered as a result of the tremor. A total of 65 houses were also reported damaged or destroyed by the earthquake, 16 of which collapsed along with the roof.

Blue Planet

Once on the verge of extinction America's bald eagle population continues to soar

American bald eagle
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An American bald eagle sits on a branch at Mill Pond on July 21, 2018 in Centerport, New York.

The population of bald eagles in the lower 48 states of the US has quadrupled to more than 316,000 federal wildlife officials say.

The population was once on the verge of extinction but a new survey by the US Fish and Wildlife Service found more than 70,000 breeding pairs of the iconic bird.

Experts say that in the late 1960s there were less than 500.

The success of the raptor, which is the national symbol of the United States, is a "historic conservation success story," said newly confirmed Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.

"The bald eagle has always been considered a sacred species to American Indian people, and similarly it's sacred to our nation as America's national symbol," said Ms Haaland, the first Native American Cabinet secretary.


Taiwan experiencing worst drought in half a century

Tourists visit the Baoshan second reservoir amid low water levels during an islandwide drought, in Hsinchu, Taiwan
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Tourists visit the Baoshan second reservoir amid low water levels during an islandwide drought, in Hsinchu, Taiwan on Mar 6, 2021.
Taiwan will from next month ration water for more than 1 million households in the centre of the island because of a drought but the technology hub of Hsinchu will not be affected, Economy Minister Wang Mei-hua said on Wednesday (Mar 24).

Sub-tropical Taiwan is experiencing its worst drought in half a century, after rain-soaking typhoons failed to make landfall last year, with shortages most severe across a swathe of western Taiwan, where most people live.

Wang told reporters that from Apr 4, water supplies in parts of Taichung and Miaoli would be cut for two days every week, with water tankers being sent out to supply residents as needed.

Hsinchu, home to companies such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC), the world's largest contract chip manufacturer with clients including Apple and Qualcomm, would not be affected, she added.

Hsinchu's reservoirs are low but its supplies are being topped up by water being piped in from Taipei where water levels are plentiful, and also by desalination.

Comment: Parts of southern and eastern China are also facing their worst drought in 50 years as a result of months of reduced rainfall.