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Man attacked by 20 otters in Singapore, bitten 26 times: 'I thought I was going to die'

Mr Graham George Spencer was attacked by otters on the morning of Nov 30, 2021, and was left with injuries to his legs, buttocks and finger.
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Mr Graham George Spencer was attacked by otters on the morning of Nov 30, 2021, and was left with injuries to his legs, buttocks and finger.
That otter hurt.

A Singapore resident was hospitalized after a bizarre animal attack last month in which he was accosted by a gang of otters, who reportedly bit him 26 times.

"I actually thought I was going to die - they were going to kill me," British native Graham George Spencer told the Straits Times of the otterly frightening encounter, which occurred Nov. 30 while he was strolling to the Singapore Botanic Gardens with a friend.

Spencer, who is in his 60s, was reportedly approaching the visitors center when he spotted around 20 otters crossing a dimly-lit path in front of him. He claimed it was the first time he had seen the mustelids in the area despite taking his morning walks there for five months. The animal encounter went south after a jogger ran through the pack, causing the fish-eaters to go "crazy like dogs" and try to bite the passerby, the shocked senior told Singapore's Today online newspaper.

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Woman killed by sloth bear in Gujarat, India

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Sloth bear
A 42-year-old tribal woman from Amlipanichhotra village in Devgarh Baria taluka of Dahod district died in a sloth bear attack under the Saagtala range of the biodiversity zone of the forest department on Friday, forest department officials said.

The victim, Sanjli Mashru Rathwa, had taken her cattle to graze when she was attacked by the bear, the officials said. The forest department recovered Rathwa's body late on Friday night.

RM Parmar, Deputy Conservator of Forests (Devgarh Baria), said the incident was the first fatal conflict involving a sloth bear in the Saagtala range this year. Parmar said, "We received a call on Friday evening that a woman from a nearby village was attacked by a sloth bear when she went into the forest. Our teams went in search of the victim and found her body in a remote location within the forest. The body has been sent for post mortem."

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Huge snowfalls in the Alps - up to a metre of snow in 7 days

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Val Thorens in France
Ski areas in the Alps are reporting exceptional early-December snowfalls and some of the best early-season conditions in years.

Centres across the region have been reporting up to a metre of snowfall in the past seven days, which in many cases comes after heavy snowfall the previous week too. Val Thorens is pictured top.

Other parts of Europe, particularly the Pyrenees, but also Eastern Europe, have been posting snowy images as well. Kopaonik in Serbia is pictured below.



Comment: Austria hit by record snowfall of up to 23 inches - and there's more to come


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What in the whirled? Romans are captivated as massive waterspout spins through the Tyrrhenian Sea off the coast of the Italian capital

A massive waterspout has been caught on camera as it spun off the coast of Italy on Thursday. The unusual weather phenomenon (pictured), which resembles a tornado, cut a swathe through the Tyrrhenian Sea, near the Roman town of Fiumicino, in Ostia

A massive waterspout has been caught on camera as it spun off the coast of Italy on Thursday. The unusual weather phenomenon (pictured), which resembles a tornado, cut a swathe through the Tyrrhenian Sea, near the Roman town of Fiumicino, in Ostia
A massive waterspout has been caught on camera as it spun off the coast of Italy late on Thursday.

The unusual weather phenomenon, which resembles a tornado, cut a swathe through the Tyrrhenian Sea, near the Roman town of Fiumicino, in Ostia.

One image shows the whirling vortex with a boat visible in the far distance.

Waterspouts develop over masses of water, scooping up vapour and dragging it towards the sky.

The slender 'tornados' are occasionally found in the late summer and autumn and can be dangerous for boaters and shoreline locations but are no threat farther inland since they collapse soon after they move onshore.


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Number of sinkholes in Turkey's Konya Plain reach 2,000 - up from 600 in January 2021

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Sinkhole in Konya, Turkey on December 7, 2012.
The outlook is grim for Konya Plain, a massive stretch of land in the eponymous province viewed as Turkey's breadbasket. The number of sinkholes, which was only 600 in January 2021, has now reached 2,000, experts say, amid concerns over more formations.

Sinkholes, a result of diminishing groundwater levels, is now closer to residential areas and agricultural fields, professor Fetullah Arık, an expert who heads a sinkhole research center at Konya Technical University, says.

Most emerge overnight and no casualties or damage have been reported so far, but Arık warns the risk is becoming higher. The center he leads cooperates with the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) for measures against sinkholes, which vary in size but are large enough to pose a risk.


Comment: Sinkholes: The groundbreaking truth


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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - November 2021 - Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

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This past month of November, it seems it was all about fire in the sky and ice on the ground. A record number of meteor fireball sightings around the world were registered last month, well surpassing the numbers of recent years. The Taurids and Leonids contributed to the show, but those seasonal meteor showers alone couldn't have caused all the events this month. Something wicked this way comes?

Early heavy snowfalls and record cold temperatures hit many countries around the world this month, but the US, China, and parts of Europe were the most affected.

The US Midwest and Northeast were hit by a rare November blizzard that brought 30-40mph winds, record snow, and icy temperatures. These early cold temperatures raise concerns for a harsh winter.

Much of northern China, including the capital Beijing, was hit by freezing, 10-year record low temperatures, and early snowfall, sparking highway closures and flight and train cancellations.

In the capital city of Shenyang, in Liaoning province, average snowfall reached 20 inches (51cm), the highest recorded snowfall since 1905.

After months of heavy rain and floods that damaged basic infrastructure and crops, Chinese people fear that a harsh winter might worsen food production and distribution, and make it difficult to keep homes warm in the areas hit by power outages earlier this year.

Extreme weather has pummeled at least half of Australia this month with severe thunderstorms, strong winds, heavy rain, flooding, and rare snowfall. Queensland, New South Wales, and Dubbo recorded 1.6 inches (40.2mm) of rain in 30 minutes. Crops and farmland were damaged, and many roads were closed.

Things are really heating up in Australia, could all this extreme weather be connected to the suffering caused by their government's totalitarian "Covid measures"?

Heavy rains and floods continued to wreak havoc in South and Southeast Asia. Cyclone Nakri dumped 34 inches of rain in just 4 days causing serious flooding, and power outages in the central provinces of Vietnam. 60,000 homes were destroyed, and at least 18 were reported dead.

Snowfalls, heavy rains, and strong winds hit parts of Italy and Spain, one person was reported dead and several people were rescued from flooded homes.

Two powerful earthquakes, magnitude 6.4 and 6.3 respectively, hit southern Iran leaving one person dead, while a 7.5 magnitude earthquake shook the remote Amazon region of northern Peru, destroying 75 homes.

Please pay attention, and prepare accordingly!


Fire

Residents flee massive ash cloud from erupting Semeru volcano in Indonesia - At least 39 dead (UPDATES)

Mount Semeru: Indonesia volcano erupts sending ash '40,000ft into sky' as locals flee

Mount Semeru: Indonesia volcano erupts sending ash '40,000ft into sky' as locals flee
A volcano erupted on the Indonesian island of Java on Saturday, reportedly obscuring the sun with a massive cloud of ash, and sending locals into a panic.

A clip on social media has captured people, who live at the foot of Semeru volcano, fleeing in fear ahead of a cloud of black ash descending from the 3,676-meter-tall mountain.

The author of the footage is heard shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) in face of this truly apocalyptic sight.


Comment: Update: TASS reported on December 6:
At least 22 people died and 20 more are reported missing after Mount Semeru, a volcano on Indonesia's Java island, erupted, a spokesman for the local emergencies agencies told the DetikNews portal on Monday.

"Rescuers found more dead bodies, so, the overall death toll has reached 22," he said, adding that five bodies have not yet been identified.


The local authorities said earlier that at least 27 local residents were reported missing after the volcano spewed ash on December 4. More than 50 people were injured.

Semeru, the highest mount on Java, is one of Indonesia's nearly 130 active volcanoes.

Update 2: Devdiscourse.com reported on December 8:
Death toll from Indonesia's Semeru volcano eruption rises to 39

The death toll from the eruption of Semeru volcano in Indonesia's island of Java has risen to 39 and 105 others were injured, the Lumajang District Disaster Management Agency said on Wednesday. "A total of 23 people were seriously injured, and 82 others slightly wounded," the agency's head of the rehabilitation and reconstruction division Joko Sambang said, adding that the injured are receiving medical treatment in nearby health facilities.

In addition, thousands of houses were damaged by the volcanic ash and many people have been evacuated to safer places.Sambang said that the evacuation process was very difficult due to the hot volcanic ash. Semeru volcano erupted on Saturday at 3:20 p.m. local time with the worst hit areas in Pronojiwo sub-district. (ANI/Xinhua)



Snowflake

Austria hit by record snowfall of up to 23 inches - and there's more to come

There's heavy snow in eight of Austria's nine regions today.
© Christof Stache/AFP
There's heavy snow in eight of Austria's nine regions today.
Snow levels nationwide are at an almost ten-year high, with parts of Carinthia affected by power outages and up to 30 centimeters of snow in Burgenland as well as a thick coating in Vienna.

Residents in the east and south east of Austria have woken up to the heaviest snowfall in nine years - with more forecast into the afternoon of Thursday, December 9th.

In Burgenland, up to 30 centimeters of snow fell overnight on Wednesday and power outages are impacting several hundred homes in Carinthia in the districts of St. Veit an der Glan, Spittal an der Drau and Villach-Land after nearly 40 centimetres of snow fell.


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Storm, heavy snowfall batter Turkey's east and west - Up to 31 inches of snow

Trees covered with snow, Van, Turkey, Dec. 9, 2021
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Trees covered with snow, Van, Turkey, Dec. 9, 2021
Heavy snowfall in eastern and western provinces of Turkey on Wednesday blocked village and neighborhood roads to transportation, while some ferry services planned for tomorrow to the Aegean Turkish islands Bozcaada and Gökçeada were canceled because a storm was expected.

Snowstorms have taken hold in Turkey's eastern regions, where the winter is particularly harsh compared to other regions due to its climate. Snow continued to affect the region at intervals, especially in the higher altitude areas, and blocked roads in and around city centers. Due to the snowstorm, 11 roads in Digor, eight in Arpaçay and three village roads in Akyaka, Sarıkamış, Selim and Susuz were closed, and transportation was suspended on 31 village roads in Erzincan.


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Brazil - Deadly floods and landslides in Bahia after heavy rain

Flood damage in Itaberaba, Bahia, Brazil.
© Prefeitura de Itaberaba
Flood damage in Itaberaba, Bahia, Brazil.
Parts of Bahia State in northeastern Brazil have seen heavy rain since mid-November 2021. At least 5 people have died and hundreds of homes have been damaged by flooding and landslides across several municipalities.

Itaberaba municipality in Bahia has suffered some of the worst of the damage. Authorities declared a local state of emergency on 10 November. In a 48 hour period Itaberaba recorded more than 300 mm of rain, which is the equivalent normally seen during the whole of a typical November.

Further flooding caused severe damage on 27 November 2021. Dozens of homes were damaged and 2 people died. Local authorities reported 44 homeless families and a further 103 people affected.

More recently, southern parts of the state have experienced heavy rain, in particular Itamaraju municipality where 3 people from the same family died and at least six houses collapsed after a landslide 08 December. Access to the site was difficult hindering rescue operations. Civil Defence said 2,152 people in 538 homes were exposed to landslide risk in the area.

Flooding struck in the city of Jucuruçu on 07 December, after the Gado Bravo and Jucuruçu rivers broke their banks. Hundreds of homes were inundated and residents evacuated due to flood damage and threat of landslides.