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Niger capital Niamey flooded as Niger River overflows at record level

People carry their belongings while walking in a street flooded by the waters from the Niger river that flooded in the Kirkissoye neighbourhood in Niamey on August 27, 2020.
People carry their belongings while walking in a street flooded by the waters from the Niger river that flooded in the Kirkissoye neighbourhood in Niamey on August 27, 2020.
Update 28 August 2020:

Red Cross Society of Niger (RCSN) reported that as many as 868 houses were destroyed by flooding of the Niger river in Niamay that began 23 August.

A total of 2,283 households (approximately 15,981 people) have been affected with many of them displaced and taking refuge in local schools or host families. One fatality was reported.

The Niger river at Niamey reached 6.69 metres on 28 August 2020. Danger mark here is 6.2 metres and the previous record high was 6.4 metres.

Cloud Precipitation

At least 84 dead and 380,000 affected as floods worsen in Sudan - Blue Nile at record level

Floods in Blue Nile State, Sudan, August 2020.
© Sudan Red Crescent
Floods in Blue Nile State, Sudan, August 2020.
At least 84 people have died and 381,770 affected by heavy rains and flooding in Sudan since the start of the rainy season in July this year.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), quoting preliminary data from the Sudan Government's Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC), said that more than 37,000 homes have been destroyed, forcing most of the families affected to seek shelter with relatives and host communities. Another 39,000 houses 34 schools and 2,671 health facilities have been damaged.

Seventeen of the country's 18 states have been affected. The states with the highest numbers affected are North Darfur (90,505), Sennar (42,325), West Kordofan (35,780) and Kassala (32,510).


Three people killed as wild storm lashes Victoria, Australia leaving thousands without power

Storm damage in Victoria, Australia
© nine
A disastrous storm has ravaged Victoria killing three people, including a four-year-old boy, as it ripped through the state overnight.

The boy, identified as Ayan Kappoor, was killed when a gum tree fell onto him in Blackburn South.

He was taken to the Royal Children's Hospital with critical injuries, but died overnight.

Two others were killed in separate incidents in the deadly storm which left behind a trail of destruction that will take months to clean-up.

A 59-year-old man was killed when a tree crushed his car last night in Belgrave, east of Melbourne.

Victoria Police confirmed the Tecoma man had been leaving a shopping centre car park at the intersection of Terrys Avenue and Ena Road after 6pm when his vehicle was hit by the tree.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Food prices and cargo theft skyrocket

Photo from 23 Aug 2020: Kurush, Dagestan, Russia

Photo from 23 Aug 2020: Kurush, Dagestan, Russia
There is a direct relationship between high food prices and cargo theft. With the UK having its lowest crop yields in 40 years, summer snowdrifts in Russia, the global food landscape looks well under the rosy forecasts in the beginning of 2020. Are you ready for trucks to stop arriving at your supermarkets?

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Cloud Precipitation

Afghanistan flash floods death toll reaches at least 151

Youths sit on an overturned vehicle after flash floods triggered by heavy rainfalls affected the area in Jalalabad on August 26, 2020.
Youths sit on an overturned vehicle after flash floods triggered by heavy rainfalls affected the area in Jalalabad on August 26, 2020.
The death toll from the recent flash floods in Afghanistan has increased to 151, as search and rescue operations continued in the affected areas on Friday.

The floods hit Parwan, Kapisa, Panjshir, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Paktia, Paktika, Nuristan, Nangarhar, Laghman, Khost and Ghazni provinces, reports TOLO News.

The worst-hit province of Parwan has so far reported 93 deaths and 110 injured.


Man killed by polar bear on Norway's Arctic Svalbard islands

Polar bear in the Svalbard Islands. File pic

Polar bear in the Svalbard Islands. File pic
A polar bear has attacked a camping site and killed a foreign national in the remote Svalbard Islands on Friday.

The man was rushed to the hospital in Longyearbyen where he was declared dead by doctors, deputy governor Soelvi Elvedah said. Longyearbyen is the main settlement in Norway's Arctic Svalbard archipelago, which sits more than 500 miles north of the Norwegian mainland.

The attack occurred just before 4am and is being investigated, the governor's office said. The victim's identity and citizenship were not immediately given. No-one else was injured, but six people were admitted to hospital with shock.

A post-mortem will be conducted at the University Hospital of North Norway in Tromsoe, north of the Arctic Circle.


Attack by 2 pit bulls results in death of man in Belleville, Illinois

A 61-year-old man is dead following an attack by his stepson's pet dogs.

Stephen F. Pemberton Sr. was killed Wednesday afternoon after the two pit bulls got out of the laundry room where they were held and attacked him, according to the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department. It is unknown if the dogs got out or were let out by Pemberton.

Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene at 309 Campus Drive in unincorporated Belleville at 1:40 p.m., the release stated. There, they found 45-year-old Kelly Knaup who told them his stepfather had been mauled by his dogs.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 10 children in remote Uganda town

Ten children have been killed in a lightning strike in a remote Ugandan town near the Congo border, Ugandan police said Friday.

The children, whose ages ranged from 9 to 16, were sheltering from the rain in a grass-thatched house when the lightning struck Thursday evening. They had been playing soccer in a nearby field, said Josephine Angucia, police spokeswoman in Uganda's West Nile region.

Four other children were injured, she said.

Deadly lightning is commonly reported in the East African country during the wet seasons.

In some cases, children have been struck while in their classrooms. Many classroom blocks, especially in rural areas, are not equipped with lightning diverters.

Source: AP


Hurricane Laura smashes parts of Louisiana and Texas, killing 6 and leaving widespread wind damage

An aerial view of a neighborhood outside Lake Charles.

An aerial view of a neighborhood outside Lake Charles.
Hurricane Laura's ferocious winds produced more damage than its storm surge as it pummeled portions of Louisiana. The storm left six people dead in Louisiana, including at least four from falling trees.

Laura came ashore as a Category 4 storm early Thursday near the Texas border, tearing off roofs while knocking out power to hundreds of thousands.

Laura, later downgraded to a tropical storm, was about 35 miles south of Little Rock, Arkansas, with sustained winds of 40 mph as of 7 p.m. CT Thursday. But it made landfall around 1 a.m. with sustained winds of 150 mph, devastating southern Louisiana communities for miles.

While there were widespread reports of wind damage, some communities were also beset by storm surge. US Coast Guard aerial video showed flooding in Cameron along the coast.

"There's a lot of damage. People are going to need a lot of help around here," Paul Heard, who survived the ordeal in Lake Charles, told CNN.

Heard left his house just as the storm was pulling part of the roof off around 1 a.m., taking shelter in his car, he said. As he watched from 25 feet away, he "could see my roof was heaving up and down several inches."

Comment: Category 4 Hurricane Laura makes landfall in Louisiana with 150mph winds

Arrow Up

Kesongo mud volcano erupts with poison gas in Indonesia

Kisongo mud volcano
© YouTube/Chave Weather (screen capture)
"The phenomenon of the eruption of the Oro-oro Kesongo crater in Gabusan Village, Jati District, Blora, which spurted mud and gas, actually happened in 2013 ago.

Teguh Yudi Pristiyanto, Head of the ESDM Service for Central Java Province, South Kendeng, said that this phenomenon is referred to as a mud volcano.

"Mud Volcanoes is a phenomenon of liquid extrusion such as hydrocarbons and gases such as methane," Teguh Yudi said when contacted by detik.com , Thursday (27/08/2020).

Teguh said that currently the eruption at Oro-oro Kesongo had stopped. He said the point of eruption that occurred in 2013 was the same as that which occurred today. Previously it was reported that the first eruption of mud and gas was heard this morning at 05.30 WIB.

The head of the village of Gabusan, Parsidi, said there was a boom that made your ears ring when the incident occurred. As a result of the mud and gas bursts, four cattle herders around the site were poisoned.