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Man found dead believed to be victim of dog attack in Nassau, The Bahamas

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The man found dead on a sidewalk in the capital over the weekend may have been attacked by dogs, according to police.

Officers found a man believed to be in his late 50s to early 60s lying on the sidewalk on the southern side of Palm Tree Avenue around 4:00 am on Saturday.

The victim's body reportedly had severe injuries to his lower extremities that appear to be consistent with bite marks.

Chief Superintendent Chrislyn Skippings said: "Police are actively investigating and encouraging members of the public who have overly aggressive or uncontrollable dogs that they cannot restrain in aggressive situations or circumstances, consistently bark, are always agitated, fight, create disturbances with other animals, or try to attack people, to ensure their yards are properly secured and enclosed to prevent their animals escaping.

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Torrential rains trigger deadly floods in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Flood and mudslides caused damage in Freetown,
© Office of the Mayor of Freetown
Flood and mudslides caused damage in Freetown, Sierra Leone, August 2022
At least 6 people have lost their lives after torrential rains caused floods and landslides across parts of Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone.

The fatalities occurred when a mudslide destroyed two adjacent homes in an informal settlement in Looking Town, situated on a steep slope in the hills above the neighbourhood of Kissy.

Freetown Mayor, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, visited areas affected by the heavy rains. "My heart goes out to the families of the six people who died in the mudslide at Looking Town today," the mayor said.

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Storms cause severe flooding in Culiacan, Mexico

Roads become lakes in Mexico! Storms Cause Severe Flooding In Northeast Mexico.

Heavy rain from thunderstorms caused severe flooding in Culiacan in Mexico's Sinaloa state on Friday, August 26 2022.

Footage posted by Secretariat of Public Security of the State of Sinaloa showed widescale flash flooding at several locations in the city.

Comment: A day earlier - Heavy rain causes damage and flooding in Delicias, Chihuahua, Mexico


Boerboel dogs maul girl (6) to death in Zimbabwe

Boerboel dog

Boerboel dog
In another spine chilling incident, two vicious Boerboel dogs mauled a six-year-old girl to death on Wednesday at the family's rented home in Matsheumhlophe suburb. This is the second incident in Bulawayo where dogs have killed people following the death of Mr John Gavhera of Selbourne Park who was mauled by his two Boerboels after they reportedly mistook him for an intruder in May this year.

In the latest fatal incident, the girl, Moleen Ndlovu was home alone in a cottage which her parents are renting in Matsheumhlophe when the two dogs owned by the landlord ripped her neck which led to her death at around 7AM. While dogs are meant to protect people, dog trainers and experts have warned that some of the breeds can be aggressive to people including their owners.

Some of the breeds considered to be aggressive and dangerous include Boerboels, Pit Bulls and Rottweilers, among others. Bulawayo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the incident yesterday.


Man riding bike killed in 'aggressive' dog attack in Channelview, Texas

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A man was mauled to death by dogs in Channelview on Friday morning, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators said a person driving home from work at about 1:45 a.m. spotted a man lying on the road in the 15700 block of Garlang Street.

Deputies responded to the scene and, upon arrival, found an unresponsive man in his late 30s with multiple dog bites, according to HCSO.

First responders pronounced him dead at the scene.

Deputies said they believe the victim was riding his bicycle when dogs attacked him.

Cloud Lightning

Groom in China killed by lightning strike while posing for wedding photos

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A man posing for pre-wedding photos dies after being struck by lightning in China.
A man has been killed by a lightning strike while posing for pre-wedding photos with his fiancée during a thunderstorm at a popular scenic spot in southwestern China.

According to a statement by the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Management Committee in Lijiang, Yunnan province, the man was hit by a lightning bolt just after 1:30pm on Wednesday at Spruce Meadow, a popular tourist spot famous for its grasslands and snow-capped mountain backdrop.

Local emergency services soon arrived at the scene and took the man, surnamed Ruan, to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

People who were standing close to the victim were unhurt, a tour manager who was present told The Paper.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills two bikers in northern Italy

Two bike riders were struck by lightning and killed in the northern Italian region of Piedmont, the Italian la Repubblica daily reports.

The local mountain rescue service and a helicopter rescue team arrived in the municipality of Pragelato, located north of Turin, on Friday, after they were alerted by a car driver, who saw the bodies of two men on the road, the newspaper said.

According to la Repubblica, one of the men killed by lightning was Alberto Balocco, president and CEO of the confectionery industry founded by his grandfather in 1927 and still 100% controlled by the family.

Balocco was on a mountain bike ride with a Luxembourgish friend when the tragic incident happened, according to local media reports.


Spectacular rainbow-coloured scarf cloud stunned onlookers in Haikou, China

An incredible scarf cloud danced above a town in southern China earlier this week. Here's how this stunning cloud got its rainbow hue.

A town in southern China witnessed a once-in-a-lifetime sight earlier this week when a vibrant rainbow-coloured scarf cloud danced above a towering thunderstorm.

The stunning cloud formed above Haikou, a city of two million in far southern China. A billowing cumulus cloud sprouted in the tropical air over Haikou around sunset. It wasn't the cumulus that drew all the attention—it was the incredible formation that rose above it, called a pileus cloud.

Pileus, sometimes called cap clouds or scarf clouds, are smooth clouds that form atop a growing cumulus or cumulonimbus cloud.

Cloud Lightning

Rare 'red sprites' seen above Atacama Desert in Chile

A rarely seen aerial phenomenon involving bright red streaks floating in the sky was photographed above the Atacama Desert in Chile on August 22.

The European Southern Observatory's picture
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The European Southern Observatory's picture of the red sprites over the Atacama Desert in Chile, taken from the La Silla Observatory.
The mysterious lights, known as "red sprites," were snapped at the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) La Silla Observatory, in the middle of the desert around 100 miles northeast of the city of Coquimbo.

Red sprites are so rare that they were only photographed for the first time in 1989, although legends of the scarlet lights have been reported anecdotally for centuries.

According to ESO, red sprites are a rare form of lightning very high in the Earth's atmosphere. Occurring between 30 and 55 miles high, in the troposphere layer of the atmosphere, the red lights are caused by large-scale, low-temperature electrical discharges above thunderclouds.

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Summer floods disrupt life in Istanbul's most crowded district - 2nd such event in 10 days

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Istanbul received rainfall late Wednesday and early Thursday. Rainfall triggered floods and slowed down the traffic in the Turkish megalopolis.

Esenyurt, on the European side of the city, which is the most populated district in Istanbul and Türkiye with a population of more than 977,000 people, was the worst-hit place. Streets and some buildings, particularly houses with basement floors, were inundated with water while people barely escaped from being drifted away by raging waters.

Apart from Esenyurt, rainfall particularly affected Beyoğlu, Fatih, Zeytinburnu, Bayrampaşa and Beşiktaş districts, forcing commuters to seek shelter from downpours.

Comment: 10 days prior - Heavy summer rainfall, floods disrupt daily life in Istanbul