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Two explosions reported from Mexico's Popocatépetl Volcano

Popocatépetl volcano

Popocatépetl volcano
Two explosions were observed from the Popocatépetl volcano in central Mexico on the morning of Saturday, March 16, the country's civil protection agency (CNPC) said.

This footage shows an observation flight over the volcano, shared on Friday, and national disaster management agency footage showing the two explosions at 2.57am and 9.30am on Saturday, according to CNPC.The agency on Friday had shared footage from a observation flight over the volcano, which erupted a week prior.


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At least 5 killed by earthquake-triggered landslide on Lombok, Indonesia

A resident of Montong Gading district, East Lombok, stands by her collapsed house after an earthquake on Sunday
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A resident of Montong Gading district, East Lombok, stands by her collapsed house after an earthquake on Sunday
A 5.4-magnitude earthquake on Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara, has caused a landslide in North Lombok regency, killing at least five people and injuring more than 30 - most of whom were foreign and domestic tourists.

According to a statement issued by the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency on Sunday afternoon, a 5.4-magnitude tectonic earthquake jolted East Lombok regency. The earthquake struck at about 2 p.m. local time, with its epicenter located approximately 20 kilometers north of the regency's Selong city. It was estimated to be 20 km deep.

While the agency stated the earthquake did not trigger a tsunami, North Lombok regency administration said it had caused a landslide at the Tiu Kelep Waterfall in Bayan district. The earthquake also destroyed several houses.

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Flash flooding in the province of Papua, Indonesia kills at least 50

Flash floods in Sentani, Papua, Indonesia, left debris and mud around a helicopter on Sunday.
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Flash floods in Sentani, Papua, Indonesia, left debris and mud around a helicopter on Sunday.
Flash flooding in the Indonesian province of Papua killed at least 50 people and injured 59 near the provincial capital, Jayapura, disaster officials said Sunday.

The number of victims is expected to rise as rescuers search for survivors in the town of Sentani, which was hit by the flood Saturday evening.

Sentani is the site of Sentani International Airport, which is the largest airport in Papua and serves Jayapura, about 15 miles away.

In a separate incident in Jayapura, seven people were killed when a landslide crushed two houses, said the Papua regional police spokesman, Ahmad Mustofa Kamal.

The landslide appeared to have been set off by the same heavy rains Saturday evening that caused the flash flood.



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Over 10 million impacted by fatal and historic US flooding

A semi truck and trailer are swept off the road by floodwaters in Arlington, Nebraska
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A semi truck and trailer are swept off the road by floodwaters in Arlington, Nebraska.

At least one fatality as a result of the historic flooding has been reported


Severe weather has lingered in the U.S. for days after a Colorado low system tracked out of the region. Blizzards and tornadoes have caused significant damage across the Plains and Midwest, and over 10 million people are currently facing major to historic flooding due to heavy rains and snowmelt.


Comment: 'Bomb cyclone' triggers widespread flooding on Mississippi, Missouri rivers in US


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Cyclone Idai batters Zimbabwe, at least 31 people dead

Cyclone Idai

At least 31 people have died in eastern Zimbabwe while dozens were missing as homes and bridges were swept away by a tropical storm, state television reported on Saturday.

Cyclone Idai, which brought floodwater and destruction to areas of Mozambique and Malawi, hit Zimbabwe on Friday, cutting off power and communications.

Pictures shared on Twitter and television footage showed roads, houses and bridges that were washed away while communication towers were knocked down and electricity cables blocked roads in Chimanimani district, 410 kilometres (255 miles) east of the capital Harare.

State television ZBC said 31 people had died in the district while more than 70 people were missing.

The information ministry said the army had moved in to rescue 197 pupils trapped at a local school.

"This a very challenging operation as it's being undertaken as a ground effort because of unsafe weather conditions for air efforts," the ministry said in a statement.


Comment: Cyclone Idai batters Mozambique - 19 dead, flooding, widespread damage, power and communication loss


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Cause of mass fish kills in two south coast waterways investigated in New South Wales, Australia

Greens Candidate for Bega Will Douglas at Meringo Lagoon inspecting the dead fish.
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Greens Candidate for Bega Will Douglas at Meringo Lagoon inspecting the dead fish.
High temperatures have been blamed for the deaths of hundreds of fish in two south coast waterways.

The Department of Primary Industries is investigating the fish kills at Meringo, near Moruya, and Wallagoot Lake at Tathra.

It is believed low water levels were the cause of hundreds of dead fish at Meringo, while a combination of low oxygen levels, high water temperature and changes to the salinity caused by recent rainfall led to mass deaths of fish at Wallagoot Lake this week.

NSW Upper House MP David Shoebridge reported hundreds of dead bream, eels, mullet, fingerlings and prawns were found in the saline coastal lagoon near Moruya, which is intermittently closed to the ocean.

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Heavy rains cause rivers to burst banks in Wales and northern England

River Conwy
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The swollen River Conwy was pictured in Llanrwst on Saturday morning
Heavy rain and strong winds have battered parts of Wales, leaving homes flooded and others without power.

There are nine flood warnings in place for mid and north Wales, including parts of Bala town centre in Gwynedd.

Homes in Conwy county were flooded, including Betws-y-Coed and Llanrwst, where three people had to be rescued from a van stuck in flood water.

Earlier, more than 700 properties in south Wales and Ruthin, Denbighshire, suffered power cuts.

Deiniol Tegid, a spokesman for Natural Resources Wales, said: "The River Conwy is at its highest level ever recorded, so yes it's quite bad in Llanrwst at the moment and we're asking people to be very careful in that area and not to venture into flood water and please don't take any risks."


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Rochdale flooding: Locals urged to take 'immediate action' as River Roch rises

Rochdale floods
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Rochdale town centre could be about to flood, Environment Agency warns
Residents in Rochdale are being urged to take 'immediate action' over flooding fears - almost four years after Storm Eva caused devastation in the town.

The River Roch is reaching 'dangerously high' levels with heavy downpours already wreaking havoc on roads.

Diversions are in place and one car park is already under a foot of water with police warning motorists to 'take care'.

And now the Environment Agency has warned that the town centre could be about to be flooded, reports Manchester Evening News.

It said: "River levels are steadily rising as a result of persistent rainfall and are expected to continue due to current forecasts.

"Consequently, flooding of property is possible throughout Saturday 16th March 2019.

We believe there is a possibility of flooding for the area from Roch Valley Way to Yorkshire Street and Albert Royds Street.
rochdale flooding road
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Police are urging motorists to take care
The Metrolink Exchange in the town centre is included in the flood warning zone.

Parts of the town centre were pictured under water after the devastating Boxing Day floods of 2015 caused by Storm Eva.

Some 324 homes and businesses in Rochdale and Littleborough were severely damaged and 18,000 properties were left without power as record river levels saw the River Roch burst its banks in several places.

The fast-flowing water was four feet deep at the height of the flooding but miraculously, there were no reports of injuries and the town hall escaped flood damage.

According to the Environment Agency, those in areas where a flood warning has been issued should take action.
And over in the US: Ice Age Farmer Report: "Wettest Winter Ever" - Farmers Desperate - Massive Solar Storm Warning


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Ice Age Farmer Report: "Wettest Winter Ever" - Farmers Desperate - Massive Solar Storm Warning

Statewide ranks of January-through-November precipitation in 2018. States shaded in dark green had the wettest first 11 months of any year in records dating to 1895.
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Statewide ranks of January-through-November precipitation in 2018. States shaded in dark green had the wettest first 11 months of any year in records dating to 1895.
Farmers are going to extreme measures just to eek out a crop, as a cold, wet winter kills crops and rots fodder. History is repeating as we enter the sun's Grand Minimum cycle. Also, massive Solar Storms -- the likes of which would decimate our society -- have happened before, and will happen again.


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Video captures woman getting attacked by pack of 10 dogs in St. Francis County, Arkansas

dog attack
An Arkansas woman said she was dragged behind a house and attacked by a pack of dogs while out walking. A passerby captured video.

Miesha Bryant said she couldn't believe there was a woman under the pack of dogs when she was driving down Country Road 323. "As I got closer, I seen that it was a human leg," Bryant said.

Bryant said she started honking her horn, hollered and tried everything to scare off the dogs.

"Once I started stomping that's when some of them backed away. That's when I got out of the car and was like go on, go on," she said.

CBS affiliate WREG reported that the victim's mother, Lisa Ennis, said the doctor told the family that her daughter had more dog bites than he could count.


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South Africa - Deadly flash floods in KwaZulu-Natal Province

Flash floods hit areas north of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa, 10 March 2019.
© eThekwini Municipality
Flash floods hit areas north of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa, 10 March 2019.
The severe weather in parts of eastern and southern eastern Africa continues.

Flooding began last week in parts of Mozambique and Malawi. According to the latest reports, over 500,000 people have been affected with at least 40 fatalities reported.

Since then heavy rain has also affected areas of KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa, in particular around the city of Durban.

The Province's Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) reported severe flooding in Inanda, Verulam and KwaMashu, where homes and a bridge were damaged. Cogta said that at least 3 people have died in the flooding. Local media reported more are thought to be missing.