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Lightning strike kills 3 in Rautahat, Nepal

Three persons died in a lightning strike in the Rautahat district of southern Nepal on Tuesday morning.

Manisha Kumari (18), Sudamiya Devi (39), and Jagiya Kumari (17) were working in the field of Saroj Sahani in the Garuda municipality-3 of the district, according to the local police office.

Saheli Devi Sahani (40), who was also working in the paddy field during the time of the strike, is injured and undergoing treatment at a local health facility, according to police.

Comment: On the same day a bolt killed 2 brothers and injured a third in Bangladesh.


This week in volcano news - Alert level raised at Mayon, new eruption at Semisopochnoi

Ash plume from the North Cerberus crater at Semisopochnoi 9 minutes after the start of the eruption.
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Ash plume from the North Cerberus crater at Semisopochnoi 9 minutes after the start of the eruption.

In the last week, the alert level was raised at several volcanoes surrounded by densely populated cities. These include Mount Mayon in the Philippines and Karthala in Comoros which both had their alert levels raised. Also, two new volcanic eruptions began this week; one in the United States and one in Russia. This video will discuss these volcano related news stories, as told and analyzed by a volcanologist.


Dead humpback whale washes ashore in Half Moon Bay, California

A dead humpback whale washed ashore at Manhattan Beach in Half Moon Bay Sunday.

Dead humpback whale washed ashore at Manhattan Beach.
A dead humpback whale washed ashore at Manhattan Beach in Half Moon Bay Sunday.

The carcass was first reported floating offshore at around 3 p.m.

The Marine Mammal Center's necropsy team is working to find out more about the whale, including cause of death. Officials said whether a necropsy happens this week, it will depend on the tides.


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

dog attack
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.

Cloud Precipitation

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.

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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.