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4-year-old dies from dog attack in North Central Illinois

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A 4-year-old child died on Thursday afternoon following a dog mauling in Ogle County, according to WREX, the NBC affiliate in Rockford.

At around 4:40 p.m. that day, the Ogle County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call regarding a child who had been attacked by a dog in Monroe Center, a village of about 400 residents. Monroe Center is located approximately 19 miles south of Rockford.

The child was rushed to an area hospital and pronounced dead from their injuries. An investigation into the attack remains underway.


2-year-old dead after dog attack in New Hope, Alabama - 2nd such fatality for the state in 5 days

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A two-year-old child is dead after dogs attacked him on Friday evening.

According to Don Webster with HEMSI, the attack happened just before 5:30 this evening on T.R. Christian Road in New Hope.

Ricky Clark, the owner of the dogs, believes the boy got into his backyard by opening the gate himself.

The gate was latched but not locked. He also says his dogs have never harmed anyone before.

Madison County Sheriff's Office deputies and HEMSI are on the scene.

Comment: Details of the earlier event: Child dies after being bit by dog in north Alabama, authorities say

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Two children drowned after heavy rains in Oman on February 29

Two children have drowned in a wadi in Wilayat of Ibri in Al Dhahirah Governorate, said the Civil Defence and Ambulance Authority (CDAA) on Thursday, February 29, 2024.

Civil Defence and Ambulance Authority said: "Rescue teams from the Civil Defense and Ambulance Department in ⁧‫Al Dhahirah ‬⁩ Governorate responded to the accident of two children drowning in water logged area in Al-Raiba area in ⁧Wilayat of Ibri ‬⁩. The teams were able to recover the bodies of the two children."

‎The Authority calls on everyone to monitor children and keep them away from dangerous places during rain for their safety.


Texas wildfires cause chaos as largest blaze in state history scorches 1.2 million acres - 2 killed

Dozens of wildfires are causing chaos across the Texas Panhandle as the Smokehouse Creek fire - now the largest blaze in state history - grew to more than 1mn acres on Thursday, even as a dusting of snow brought a measure of relief.

At least two people have died, according to officials. The second victim, confirmed by the Texas department of public safety Thursday afternoon, has been identified as Cindy Owens, a 40-year-old woman who was reportedly overtaken by the fire when she got out of her truck in the town of Canadian. The first, 83-year-old grandmother Joyce Blankenship, was killed in her neighborhood of Stinnett, north-east of Amarillo.

Fueled by parched grasses, strong winds and abnormally warm temperatures, the fires have scorched more than 1.2 million acres since last Sunday, according to the Texas A&M forest service, leaving a desolate landscape of charred prairie, dead cattle and burned-out homes in their wake.


1 dead, thousands displaced by floods in Malawi

Malawi Flood Crisis: 1 Dead, Thousands Displaced in Nkhotakota, Karonga Districts
Malawi Flood Crisis: 1 Dead, Thousands Displaced in Nkhotakota, Karonga Districts
In a devastating turn of events, flash floods have wreaked havoc on Nkhotakota and Karonga, two districts in Malawi located along the shores of Lake Malawi. Authorities have confirmed one fatality and the displacement of thousands, highlighting an urgent call for humanitarian assistance.

Unprecedented Flood Damage

The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) has reported that more than 7,000 individuals in Nkhotakota have been forced to evacuate to safer grounds, with nine camps set up to shelter the displaced. This crisis follows continuous heavy rainfall that has not only claimed lives but also destroyed homes, businesses, and vital infrastructure.

In Karonga, over 600 households face similar dire circumstances, with their livelihoods disrupted by the loss of crops and property due to the swollen North Rukuru River.

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Heavy snow kills 9 in Afghanistan as extreme weather blocks key highways

At least nine people have died in Afghanistan and two have suffered injuries after the conflict-battered country was hit by heavy snowfall and storm, the Taliban's caretaker government said on Friday.

The bad weather combined with snow and sub zero temperatures has hit provinces running from northern Afghanistan to southern parts of the country.

"Due to cold weather and rainfall in Kandahar, Helmand, Badghis, Sar-e-Pol, Badakhshan and Jawzjan, nine people have died and two have been injured," said Janan Saiq, the spokesperson for the Taliban-led ministry of state for disaster management, reported Afghan news channel Tolo news.

He added that the extreme weather destroyed residential houses and livestock.

Visuals shared by Afghan journalist in exile Bilal Sarwary showed extreme snowfall in western Afghanistan which led to a local losing his cattle.


Bolivia declares emergency after floods kill dozens

The Bolivian government has declared a disaster in the Amazon region after floods killed 40 people and forced more than 500 families to evacuate the area.


Angry elephant throws tourist around like a ragdoll in Jaipur, India on February 13

Terrifying moment enraged elephant grabs female Russian tourist
Terrifying moment enraged elephant grabs female Russian tourist
This is the terrifying moment an elephant giving rides in Jaipur, India decided to stage a protest against her working conditions in the most dramatic way possible. Gouri the elephant was filmed swinging a Russian tourist round with her trunk, throwing her across the courtyard before calmly wandering off. At least two people were injured during the incident, with the Russian tourist suffering a broken leg.

Elephants are rarely aggressive, say animal welfare groups, but can become violent when threatened or mistreated. Advocates are now suggesting Gouri be moved to a sanctuary, with PETA calling for tourists to 'vote with their wallets' and boycott tourism businesses that use elephants.

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Drone footage shows massive landslide at Humboldt County beach in California

A large chunk of land at a California coastal trail slipped into the ocean on Saturday. Drone footage taken at Centerville Beach near Ferndale in Humboldt County captured part of the landslide, showing onlookers running from the cliff edge as the ground fell away.

Landslides at the Fleener Creek Trailhead have been "ongoing" since January, according the Bureau of Land Management. The trail was first closed on Jan. 18, as significant winter storms hit the state.

This weekend, a large portion of the clifftop, including part of the trailhead parking lot, slid into the sea, local news outlet Redheaded Blackbelt first reported. Father and son drone-operating team Double B UAV shared before-and-after photos of the event on social media, alongside some dramatic video.

The video shared on YouTube shows two onlookers in the parking lot hastily retreating to safety as more of the cliff face crumbled — it happens at around 25 seconds into the video below:

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Storms cause traffic chaos and floods across Spain

The majority of regions in Spain were under orange alert for snowfall, as snow, wind and rain disrupted daily life.

A storm of snow, wind and rain has hit Spain, disrupting or complicating traffic on many roads across almost the entire country.

All regions except Extremadura were put on yellow or orange weather alert in the last few hours.

The orange alert for snowfall has been activated in Cantabria, the Pyrenees and Galicia. In Cantabria, snow accumulations of up to 15 cm are expected from 800 metres above sea level.

In the Basque Country, Navarra and Castilla y León, heavy rains caused rivers to overflow, with flooding cutting off roads in various areas.