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2 killed in New Year's Eve avalanches in Montana, Colorado

An avalanche hit a father and son in a backcountry area of Breckenridge.
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An avalanche hit a father and son in a backcountry area of Breckenridge.
Two people were killed in New Year's Eve avalanches in Montana and Colorado after heavy snow blanketed much of the West.

Forecasters with the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center say two snowmobilers from Washington were headed uphill near Daisy Pass north of Cooke City, Montana, when one of them triggered a large slide and was swept about 600 vertical feet (183 vertical meters).

The buried rider, who was covered in 5 feet (152 centimeters) of snow, was wearing an avalanche airbag backpack, but it wasn't deployed. Both riders, whose names have not been released, had shovels and probes, but neither was wearing an avalanche beacon.


Major floods and wild weather isolate towns across northern Australia as ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie maintains strength - over 13 inches of rain in a day

Major flooding is developing at Fitzroy Crossing
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Major flooding is developing at Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia.
Roads have turned into rivers, cows are struggling to survive in fast flowing waters and boats have become the only form of transport in parts of the central Kimberley as ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie continues to batter Northern Australia.

The extreme weather system is hovering across central Kimberley between Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek bringing major flooding to the region, with more than 350 millimetres of rain recorded at Dimond Gorge in the Fitzroy River catchment on Monday.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued almost a dozen severe weather warnings for the Northern Territory and Western Australia over the past week as torrential rain fell and damaging winds reached gusts of around 100 kilometres per hour.

At Fitzroy Crossing, a small town 400km east of Broome, a major flood warning is in place, with the river expected to exceed the major flood level of 12.5 metres on Monday afternoon.


Sexagenarian mauled to death by stray dogs in a district of Bihar, India - 5th such fatality for locality in 6 months

dog attack
One Gita Devi (60), a resident of Arva panchayat, who was injured in an attack by a pack of stray dogs on Saturday, died at the sadar hospital here on Sunday.

Gita is the fifth woman killed by stray dogs under Bachhwara block in the past six months. In all the cases, the pack of dogs targeted the victims when they were alone.

On Saturday, Gita was returning home alone after cutting grass for the livestock when stray dogs emerged from behind the standing crops and attacked her
. As she screamed frantically for help, a few villagers working nearby rushed for her help. However, before they could drive away the furious canines, they mauled the woman.

She was first admitted to the local community health centre for treatment from where the doctors referred her to Begusarai sadar hospital.


Woman dies after being mauled by two pit bulls in Limpopo, South Africa - 7th such fatality for the country within 7 weeks

A 43-year-old Limpopo woman died after being mauled by two pit bulls.

Melitta Sekole was reportedly walking from a residential area in the Mara policing precinct towards Vivo on Friday at about 5am when she was attacked by the dogs, which ripped her clothes and bit her.

"She was rescued by community members and taken to hospital in a critical condition," said police spokesperson Col Malesela Ledwaba.

Sekole was later transferred to the provincial hospital in Polokwane where she succumbed to the injuries on Friday.

Ledwaba said the dogs' owner, Nchabeleng Charles Masebe, 62, was arrested and a case of culpable homicide opened.

He appeared in the Senwabarwana magistrate's court and was remanded until Thursday.

Comment: Details of the other 6 attacks:

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Powerful storm in California causes flooding, road closures and power outages

A rainstorm causes flash flooding in San Carlos, California, on December 31, 2022.
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A rainstorm causes flash flooding in San Carlos, California, on December 31, 2022.
A powerful storm brought drenching rain or heavy snowfall to much of California on Saturday, snarling traffic and closing highways as the state prepared to usher in a new year.

In the high Sierra Nevada, as much as 2 feet (0.6 meters) of snow could accumulate into early Sunday. The National Weather Service in Sacramento warned about hazardous driving conditions and posted photos on Twitter showing traffic on snow-covered mountain passes, where vehicles were required to have chains or four-wheel drive.

The so-called atmospheric river storm was pulling in a long and wide plume of moisture from the Pacific Ocean.

Flooding and rock slides closed portions of roads across Northern California.

A Sacramento Municipal Utility District online map showed more than 153,000 customers were affected by power outages on Saturday. "SMUD crews are responding to outages across the region during this powerful winter storm," the utility said in a Twitter message, adding that it was preparing additional resources while working to restore power.


Mughal Road in Kashmir, India likely to be closed due to 3 feet of snowfall

Road closed due to heavy snowfall in Kashmir
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Road closed due to heavy snowfall in Kashmir
The Mughal road, connecting Poonch and Rajouri districts in the Jammu region with south Kashmir's Shopian district, is likely to be closed in winter owing to recent heavy snowfall, officials said on Sunday.

Traffic movement on the road was suspended on Thursday after over three feet of snow accumulation was reported from Pir Ki Gali and its adjoining areas, the officials said. "The possibility of resuming traffic on the Mughal road after the recent heavy snowfall looks bleak as more snow is expected in the coming days," Assistant Engineer, Mechanical Engineering Department, Tariq Khan, told PTI. "We are waiting for the official communication to finally announce the closure of the road for the winter," the official said.

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Saudi Arabia: Heavy rain floods Jeddah for second time in a week

People walk through floodwater following heavy rain in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on 24 November 2022
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People walk through floodwater following heavy rain in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on 24 November 2022
Heavy rain, thunder and lightning have hit several regions across Saudi Arabia throughout Thursday and Friday, causing streets in Jeddah to flood for the second time in a matter of weeks as more heavy rain is expected in the coming days.

Footage shared online showed busy roads filled with water with many cars carefully cruising through. Other videos showed vehicles almost entirely submerged in water.

Comment: A week earlier on December 23: Flash floods sweep Makkah, Saudi Arabia as Jeddah braced for downpours

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Massive Ben Nevis avalanche in Scotland leaves one climber dead and another seriously injured after 2,000ft plunge

Rescuers were called after an avalanche on Ben
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Rescuers were called after an avalanche on Ben Nevis.
A climber has been killed in an avalanche on the UK's highest mountain - the first such white death in Scotland in nearly three years.

The 49-year-old man was with a fellow climber on Ben Nevis when they plunged nearly 2000 feet on the 4413ft high mountain's North Face.

The other climber - who is 42 - miraculously survived but suffered serious injuries.

Nearly 40 rescuers from Lochaber and Glencoe mountain rescue teams were sent after the alarm raised around 3.30pm on Friday.

The pair - both UK based - were were a group of four on Number Two Gully, and the other two raised the alarm.

But Donald Paterson, leader of Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team, said the initial information was "patchy".

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Rising flood waters and flooding in parts of Nadi, Fiji

The Fiji Police Force is calling on everyone living in low lying or flood prone areas to move to higher ground as continuous rain is expected throughout the night.

Full story here: https://www.fijivillage.com/news/Poli...


Storm brings fresh snow to Mammoth Mountain, California - up to 3 feet deep

Mammoth Mountain has seen multiple feet of fresh snow in the past few days — with more coming down — thanks to a storm that is hitting the ski resort and mountain areas in Northern California.

"This has been an incredible start to the season here at Mammoth," said Lauren Burke, the resort's spokesperson. "It is a true winter wonderland up here."

The resort got 2 to 3 feet of snow Tuesday, and after a break Wednesday was getting more fresh powder Thursday morning, Burke said. She said up to 5 feet could fall in the next few days.

Comment: Also pertinent: Deadly crashes, mass power outages reported as atmospheric river brings flooding and strong winds to Oregon and Washington