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Stingrays washed ashore at beach in Oman

dead rays
Numerous stingrays and mackerels were found dead by morning walkers on Monday.

Out for an early morning walk, Maryam Khalfan was in for a shock as she and her family kept coming across stingrays and another fish one after the other.

"Interesting was the fact that they were far away from the water, so maybe it happened during the high tide," said Maryam and added, "The more I walked, the more fish I saw."

The majority of the fish were spotted opposite Masjid Fatma on Al Hail beach.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy flooding from seasonal rains kills 13 in Yemen

Floods swept through parts of Yemen amid heavy seasonal rains, leaving at least 13 people dead, including two children, security officials said Saturday.

Fatalities were reported in the provinces of Sanaa, Ibb, Shabwa and Hodeida, where it began raining late last month, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

Heavy rains also pelted the provinces of Aden, Taiz and Hadramawt, where flooding damaged houses and vehicles, they said. Rescuers managed to save some residents trapped in their cars.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rains cause severe flooding in Caracas, Venezuela


Heavy rains cause severe flooding in Caracas, Venezuela

Arrow Down

5 dead, 8 missing after landslide in North Sumatra, Indonesia

Search and rescue operations after a landslide in South Tapanuli Regency.
© Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of South Tapanuli Regency
Search and rescue operations after a landslide in South Tapanuli Regency.
At least 5 people died and 8 are still missing after landslides hit the Batang Toru hydropower plant area in Marancar, South Tapanuli District, North Sumatra Province, Indonesia on 29 April 2021.

Indonesia's disaster agency BNPB said the landslides were caused by heavy rainfall in the area. Two buildings and a vehicle were buried in the slide, with 12 people feared missing.

Since then search and rescue operations have found the bodies of 5 victims, with 8 people thought to be still missing. The Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of South Tapanuli Regency said search operations are ongoing but the remote location on steep slopes has made it difficult to use heavy digging equipment.


Woman walking dogs found dead after apparent bear attack near Durango, Colorado

A 39-year-old woman walking her dogs was found dead Friday night after an apparent bear attack, according to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife release.

The woman's body was found off U.S. Highway 550 near Trimble, north of Durango.

According to the La Plata County Sheriff's office, the woman's boyfriend said the victim went walking with her two dogs earlier Friday.

When the boyfriend returned home later in the evening, he found the two dogs but the woman was missing.

The boyfriend found the woman's body around 9:30 p.m. and called 911 to report the incident.

Wildlife officers responded and observed signs of consumption on the body and an abundance of bear scat and hair at the scene.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 2, injures 13 in Meghalaya, India

Two people were killed on the spot and 13 others were grievously injured on Saturday when a lightning struck a cattle shed in Mawngap village in Mawshynrut, West Khasi Hills.

The deceased Leborius Nongsiang (17) and Leding Rongrin (37) were among the 15 people who were constructing the cattle shed at the time of the incident.

Mawjaw Langrin, Sordar of Mawngap village, said, "The incident occurred at around 12 pm when they were taking shelter from downpour in the cattle shed. However, a thunder struck the cattle shed out of the blue and the two died on the spot."

The village dorbar informed the Riangdo PS about the incident and the bodies were handed over to the families while the others, who sustained injuries, were shifted to Riangdo CHC.

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


Shallow 6.0-magnitude earthquake hits Chile

Earthquake graph
© Sputnik / Gennady Ratushenko
The people of Chile and neighbouring countries are used to earthquakes, as the region is part the Ring of Fire - an area around much of the rim of the Pacific Ocean where many volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur due to the collision of lithospheric plates.

According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), the earthquake hit off of Coquimbo on Sunday morning. The quake's epicentre was located at a depth of around 10 km (6.2 miles).

So far, there have been no reports about any damages or casualties, caused by the tremor.


At least 11 killed and 100+ injured by violent hurricane winds in China

China storm
© Ruptly (screen capture)
At least 11 people have been killed and 102 injured after a powerful hurricane struck the eastern Chinese city of Nantong on Friday evening.

Ferocious winds uprooted trees, ripped the facades from buildings and filled the streets with lethal debris.

The majority of the people killed were hit by falling trees and telephone poles or were blown into the Yangtze river which winds through the city of over eight million people located roughly 62 miles (100 km) from Shanghai.

Comment: A couple of days ago fierce hail storms battered Texas and Oklahoma in the US causing 'billion-dollar' damage.

Snowflake Cold

Central Russia experiences record spring snow, as Crimea suffers exceptionally cold April

After an historically cold and record-smashingly snowy winter, parts of Russia - namely Siberia - have finally been experiencing a little Spring warmth; or rather they were, before this week's return of the Arctic.

"After the recent warm days, there was a breeze of cold," is how hmn.ru puts it — and to paraphrase the rest, as the translation gets jumbled, the last week of April was not only cool in and around the Moscow region, but conditions were akin to those suffered in the depths of winter, with substantial snowfall totals to match.

Eastern regions reportedly saw the greatest snow cover, which lingered on the ground for some time, long enough for children to make snowmen and have snowball fights.

Snowflake Cold

Coldest April in 35 years in the Netherlands

A sign in snow in Amsterdam. 6 Apr 2020
© NL Times
A sign in snow in Amsterdam. 6 Apr 2020
With an average temperature of 6.7 degrees Celsius, last month was the coldest April since 1986. The average temperature lay 3.2 degrees below the norm of 9.9 degrees in April, Weer.nl reported.

The drop in temperatures was particularly evident in Drenthe. Eelde in Drenthe recorded a total of 18 frost days in April, the highest number throughout the country. The village also measured the lowest temperatures nationwide last month. On April 26, temperatures fell to minus 4.5 degrees Celsius.

Temperatures had even been higher in February this year compared to April 2021. On February 24, temperatures crept up to 18.7 degrees, higher than the warmest temperature in April at 17.8 degrees in certain areas.