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South Australia's wildlife flourishing after floods along parts of the river Murray floodplain for the first time in over 60 years

Birds, fish and other wildlife are flourishing after the flooding of South Australia's River Murray.
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Birds, fish and other wildlife are flourishing after the flooding of South Australia's River Murray.
Widespread environmental benefits are becoming increasingly evident after recent flooding down the Murray in South Australia with fish, birds and other wildlife flourishing.

High flows which peaked across December and January provided much-needed water to some parts of the river and its floodplain for the first time in more than 60 years.

That's resulted in a surge in the number of wood ducks and black swans at Chowilla near the NSW border, with surveys also finding large numbers of other water and woodland birds making the most of the flood-enriched breeding and feeding habitats.

Pacific black ducks and nankeen night herons have also been observed in numbers with groups of young emerging after the flood.

Comment: Related: Worst floods in Western Australia's history cut off towns, could create an inland sea

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes truck in Van Wert, Ohio

Lightning strikes Van Wert truck.


Snowbasin ski resort in Utah breaks all-time seasonal snowfall record with 504 inches

Yesterday, Snowbasin broke its all-time snowfall record of 475″ set in the winter of 1981-82.

Today, the resort broke 500″.

22″ fell in roughly 12 hours last night so sneakily.

The culprit?


Comment: Related: Utah's record snow is so deep it buried measuring equipment


Shallow earthquake of magnitude 6.1 hits off Japan - no tsunami or injuries reported

A magnitude 6.1 quake struck off Aomori in northern Japan on Tuesday, the national weather agency said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake hit at 6:18 pm (0918 GMT) at a depth of 20 kilometres (12 miles), according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Major Japanese media outlets carried no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The US Geological Survey put the magnitude of the quake at 6.2.

Earthquakes are common in Japan, which sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.

The country has strict construction regulations intended to ensure buildings can withstand strong earthquakes, and emergency drills are routinely held to prepare for a major jolt.

Source: AFP

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Ecuador - At least 7 dead, over 60 missing after landslide in Chimborazo Province

Landslide in Alausí, Chimborazo Province, Ecuador, March 2023.
© Government of Ecuador
Landslide in Alausí, Chimborazo Province, Ecuador, March 2023.
Over 60 people are feared missing after a huge landslide buried homes in the community of Alausí, Chimborazo Province, Ecuador late on 26 March 2023.

As of late 27 March, the government of Ecuador confirmed 7 fatalities. More than 30 people have been rescued and 23 people hospitalised.

A team of more than 300 people from the Armed Forces, National Police, Fire Departments from different parts of the country and the Red Cross is working in the areas carrying out search and rescue operations and providing support and relief supplies to the affected communities. As of late 27 March (local time), 64 people were reported missing.


6.1-magnitude earthquake hits off Solomon Islands

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted 73 km W of Buala, Solomon Islands, at 22:19:15 GMT on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 85.976 km, was initially determined to be at 8.2105 degrees south latitude and 158.9268 degrees east longitude.

Cloud Precipitation

Floods disrupt life in Iraq

Weather conditions in different Iraqi governorates where heavy and continuous rainfall since early hours of Sunday disrupted life in Iraq.

Due to expectations that rainfalls will continue, the Iraqi government announced, late on Sunday night, the suspension of work on Monday in all governorates.

The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers mentioned in a statement that the Prime Minister, Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani, directed to suspend official working hours on Monday, due to weather conditions, except for security and service institutions.

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Bolivia - Thousands affected by floods in Santa Cruz and Pando Departments

Floods in Cobija, Pando, Bolivia, March 2023
© Government of Pando, Bolivia
Floods in Cobija, Pando, Bolivia, March 2023.
Flooding has affected thousands of people after the Acre River broke its banks in the northern Pando Department of Bolivia. Further south, the Pirai and Rio Grande rivers have caused flooding in parts of the Santa Cruz department.

Santa Cruz Department

The government of Santa Cruz department reported rising levels of the Pirai and Rio Grande rivers from around 20 March 2023. One person died in the Pirai river in Limoncito in El Torno municipality and another in the Pirai river north of the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Flooding was reported in the city after heavy rain on 23 March. Several people were rescued from the Piraí River in the municipality of Porongo.

Flooding affected areas of the department from mid-January this year. By 05 February had affected 12 municipalities and 3,320 households.


Elderly woman dies in dog attack in Ladakh, India

dog attack
Local residents have demanded immediate action after a pack of stray dogs mauled an elderly woman in Zanskar region of Kargil in Ladakh on Saturday.

Tsering Kunzess (79) was killed near her residence where she had been living alone. She was cremated by the district administration as she had no family member.

Residents said the administration should speed up the sterilisation drive and should also catch stray dogs to avoid such incidents.

On March 9, the Block Medical Officer, Zanskar, had written to the Sub-divisional Magistrate (SDM) on the rising stray dog menace. "On the basis of the data provided by the immunisation section, dog bite cases have been increasing alarmingly. From January 2023 till date, 34 people have been victimised by stray dogs," the letter stated.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 4 family members in Uganda

At least four family members in Ayami Sub County, Lira District, have been confirmed dead after they were struck by lightning during downpour.

Tom Thomas Obur, the Ayami LC3 chairman, said the four were killed by a lightning which struck the grass-thatched hut they were taking shelter in, setting it ablaze at around 6pm on March 25.

The deceased have been identified as Jimmy Obong, 32, Jenifer Acio, 26, Brian Opok, 5, Brian Okum, 14, brother of Acio. Obong had visited his sister in-law at Nga-akwia Village in Walela Parish when the incident occurred while Opok was Acio's son and Okum- her brother.