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Watch: The moment birds start falling out of the sky in Coventry, UK

dead birds
This is the shocking moment that birds started dropping out of the sky in Coventry.

A Coventry man made the bizarre discovery as he stepped outside University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) last week.

Joshua Brown had been visiting his grandmother but as he popped outside he spotted a bird falling out of a tree a short distance away.

Startled, he began filming and captured more and more birds on the floor - either dead or in some distress.

Since posting the video online, the theories as to the cause of the mystery have been rife.

One theory was that the birds had been exposed to some sort of pest control chemicals.


Lebanon battles worst wildfires in decades - 100 fires break out in 24 hours

Lebanon wildfires
© AP Photo/Hassan Ammar
People inspect the remains of cars and shops that were burned in a wildfire overnight, in the town of Damour just over 15 kilometers south of Beirut, Lebanon, on October 15, 2019.
Firefighters and specialist aircraft in Lebanon are working to tackle a series of wildfires which have broken out during a period of high temperatures and strong winds.

The blazes started in Lebanon's western mountains, but have spread to other areas. The initial cause is not known.

Officials said on Tuesday that more than 100 fires had broken out in the space of 24 hours.

Cloud Precipitation

Over 2,100 dead in monsoon rains, floods across India

Monsoon flooding India
More than 2,100 people have lost their lives and another 46 were reported missing this monsoon season in rains and floods which affected more than 25 lakh people in 22 states.

More than 2,100 people have lost their lives and another 46 were reported missing this monsoon season in rains and floods which affected more than 25 lakh people in 22 states, Union home ministry officials said on Wednesday.

The highest 399 people died in Maharashtra, followed by 227 deaths in West Bengal in rains, floods and landslides that hit as many as 357 districts in the country.

According to the officials, 738 people were injured and nearly 20,000 animals were lost. The heavy rains and floods fully damaged 1.09 lakh houses, partially damaged 2.05 lakh houses and destroyed 14.14 lakh hectares of crops.

Arrow Down

Landslide kills 22 in southern Ethiopia after 10 hours of heavy rainfall

The landslide was caused by heavy rains in
The landslide was caused by heavy rains in southern Ethiopia.
Rescue workers on Tuesday used excavators to dig out bodies after a landslide in southern Ethiopia washed away homes and killed more than 20 people, a local official said.

The landslide in the remote district of Konta occurred Sunday following 10 hours of heavy rains, said the official, Takele Tesfu.

"There are 22 people dead and we have only been able to dig up 17 using manpower and machine power," Takele told AFP.

"So far, we cannot get the others, so tomorrow we will continue to dig."

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 4, injures 25 in Tamil Nadu, India

Four women died and 25 others suffered injuries when a lightning struck them while they were working in a field at Vaithur in Pudukkottai district of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday afternoon.

The deceased have been identified as Kalaiselvi, 45, Shanthi, 35, Lakshmi, 60 and Vijaya, 47, of the same village.

The lightning struck them around 3pm while they were harvesting groundnut. It was raining in the area.

The injured were rushed to Government Medical College Hospital in Pudukkottai. Three of the injured were critical, sources said.

Snowflake Cold

Record cold in Transbaikal Territory, Russia

Several settlements report record cold.

On the night of October 12, in most settlements of the Trans-Baikal Territory, the temperature dropped below a 10-degree mark.

In the village of Nerchinsky Zavod, located southeast of the regional center of Chita, the temperature dropped to -14.2°C, the previous record, -12.9°C, was noted in 1903.


'No lights, no heat. Nothing. Period': Unprecedented snowstorm forces state of emergency in Manitoba, Canada

Winnipeg snow storm
© John Woods / The Canadian Press
An early winter storm with heavy wet snow caused fallen trees, many on cars, and power lines in Winnipeg early Friday morning, October 11, 2019. Snow clearing crews were forced to hit the streets to clean up the damage.
As an early season snow and windstorm hammered Manitoba over the weekend, Marlene Beardy's pregnant granddaughter found herself stranded in Lake St. Martin, three hours north of Winnipeg, without heat or power and days away from giving birth.

"There was no heat, nothing at all. No lights, no heat. Nothing. Period," said Beardy, an evacuee from the northern Manitoba community, who was waiting to check into a hotel in Winnipeg on Monday.

Beardy is preparing to spend the next two weeks in a Winnipeg hotel with her granddaughter — who made it safely to Winnipeg after initial challenges evacuating — and newborn great-grandson, who was born in Winnipeg at 7:38 a.m. on Monday.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from northern First Nations communities in Mantioba as Manitoba Hydro works to rebuild vast stretches of the power grid in the province, warning it could take four days to restore full power to Winnipeg and 10 days to restore power to hard hit parts of the province outside the city.

Evacuating the northern communities proved especially challenging because the storm, which blew into Manitoba on Thursday night, knocked down thousands of trees, power poles and power lines in the province, blocking roads in places and knocking out both power and, in some areas, cell phone towers and phone connections.

Comment: Manitoba, Canada is getting pummelled by an early winter snowstorm


Ice Age Farmer Report: ALERT - Fall Blizzard Risks 10-20% US Acres?

The early fall blizzard punctuates what has been the worst growing season in American history.

Record late plantings imply crops are too immature to make it through this early winter, as the growing seasons shrink on both sides. Up to 10-20% of the US Corn crop is at risk by some estimates, as the USDA numbers/narrative diverge further from reality, tensions are rising, and efforts to hide the truth are escalating. Things are going to get worse before they get better. Prepare.



It's a record-snowy start for the Northern Rockies and Plains and winter is still over 2 months away

October 2019 Blizzard

October 2019 blizzard
Just three weeks into autumn, a pair of unusually strong early season snowstorms delivered the the snowiest start to the season on record to parts of the northern Rockies and Northern Plains.

By season, we mean that time of year between the first snow of fall and last snow of spring.

And so far, it's been a busy start.

A late September snowstorm buried parts of the far northern Rockies in up to 4 feet of snow.

Last week's storm, named Winter Storm Aubrey by The Weather Channel, dumped up to 30 inches of snow and brought blizzard conditions to parts of North Dakota.


Swarms of locusts descend in Pakistan, eat up standing crops

Swarms of locusts coming from India in Cholistan have played havoc with standing crops in the region, ARY News reported on Saturday.

The swarms of locusts have damaged cotton crop in several villages of Sadiqabad adjoining to Cholistan.

Several swarms of locusts, a species of grasshoppers, eat up plants, grass and shrubs and deprived villages from greenery in the area after their descend in the region.

Local farmers were trying to push them out of the area on self help basis with traditional means including beating metal cans.

Assistant Commissioner Sadiqabad has said that the government has launched a spray campaign to address the menace.