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9 killed after heavy rain causes buildings to collapse in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia

Nine people were killed yesterday when a 50 meter concrete wall collapsed on residential houses following four hours nonstop heavy rain in Dire Dawa city.
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Nine people were killed yesterday when a 50 meter concrete wall collapsed on residential houses following four hours nonstop heavy rain in Dire Dawa city.
Nine people died when a wall collapsed on residential houses following hours of heavy rain in Dire Dawa city, Ethiopia, on 02 May 2021.

Deputy Inspector Bantalem Girma, Head of Public Relations Division of the Dire Dawa Administration Police Commission, said the accident took place at Kebele 03, known as Shementeria, after 4 hours of heavy rain that began early on 02 May 2021. The Deputy Inspector said a 50-meter-high wall collapsed on three houses, killing 9 people.

Rainfall figures show the city recorded 83mm of rain in 24 hours to 03 May 2021.

At least 4 people died in the city in similar circumstances in late April last year.

Recent heavy rainfall also caused buildings to collapse in neighbouring Somalia. At least 16 people died in the capital, Mogadishu, after heavy rain from 07 May 2021.

Cloud Precipitation

Deadly floods strike Mogadishu, rivers overflow in Jowhar, Somalia

Floods in Mogadishu, Somalia, May 2021.
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Floods in Mogadishu, Somalia, May 2021.
The Somali Red Crescent Society (Somali RC) reports that at least 9 children have died after heavy rainfall caused the collapse of a house in Mogadishu, capital of Somalia.

Heavy rainfall struck on 07 May 2021, causing severe flash flooding in the city, causing buildings to collapse in Wadajir District.

Somali Red Crescent Society Director of Organizational Development and Communication, Abdulkadir Afi, said via Social Media, "Sadly 9 children rushed to hospital following the collapse of a house in Mogadishu have succumbed to their injuries. Rescue efforts still ongoing and our Somali RC ambulances continue to attend to the wounded. Heavy rains have caused flash floods and structural damage in the area."

Local media reported further fatalities after heavy rains damaged makeshift shelters for Internally displaced people (IDPs) in the Garasbaley area on the outskirts of the city on 08 May 2021.


Cloud Precipitation

Severe flooding affects thousands in Butaleja, Uganda

Floods in Butalejja, Uganda, May 2021.
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Floods in Butalejja, Uganda, May 2021.
Thousands of people have been affected by flooding in Eastern Region of Uganda after days of heavy rainfall caused rivers to overflow.

Flooding struck in Butaleja District in Uganda's Eastern Region from around 06 May 2021. Two days of heavy rain caused the Manafwa and Nakwasi rivers to burst their banks.

Homes were damaged, displacing or severely affecting thousands of residents. Crops have been destroyed and several roads blocked, disrupting transport and livelihoods. One person was missing, assumed dead.

A local official said this is some of the worst flooding seen in the area. The official said areas of 7 sub-counties in the district have been flooded and estimated as many as 15,000 families have been affected.

Meanwhile Uganda Red Cross also reported heavy rain and strong wind in Moroto district, Northern Region of Uganda on 07 May causing severe damage to houses.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 4 carabaos in Bago City, Philippines

Lightning kills four carabaos at Purok Kalubihan, Barangay Bacong in Bago City over the weekend.

Lightning kills four carabaos at Purok Kalubihan, Barangay Bacong in Bago City over the weekend.
FOUR carabaos were struck to death by lightning in Purok Kalubihan, Barangay Bacong in Bago City over the weekend.

Eighteen-year-old Carlo Dellosa, whose family owns the carabaos, recalled that the rain poured around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Dellosa said the rain did not last long. The weather got hotter afterward.

"We then heard a strong sound [thunder] following a spark. It seemed that the lightning really hit something," he said, adding that "it was too close to the ground."

About 20 meters away from their house, they noticed that the four carabaos fell on the ground.

Upon checking on them, the family confirmed that the carabaos were the ones hit by lightning.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rain and flooding hits Oman

Heavy rains and floods have dampene
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Heavy rains and floods have dampened Eid spirits in Oman.
Heavy rain flooded parts of Oman on Thursday, damaging properties and injuring dozens of people, state media reported.

Oman Television broadcast video of water-logged roads, damaged shops and partially submerged vehicles in the densely populated regions of Al Dakhliya and Al Batinah.

Oman's meteorology office said more seasonal rains are expected in the next few days.

The floodwaters have dampened Eid spirits.


Snowflake

More than halfway through spring, snow covers Montana prairies

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Throughout Montana on May 8, people said hello to winter weather again as snow blanketed the landscape.


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Massive waterspout spotted in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey,

A waterspout formed Saturday in Barnegat Bay, the National Weather Service said. The massive funnel-like spout can be seen here from Bayside Terrace in Seaside Heights.

A waterspout formed Saturday in Barnegat Bay, the National Weather Service said. The massive funnel-like spout can be seen here from Bayside Terrace in Seaside Heights.
Think of it as a tornado over the ocean.

A waterspout — a whirling column of air and mist — formed in Barnegat Bay Saturday afternoon, as a coastal weather front produced showers, wind and hail that lit up social media.

The water spout was reported around 2:30 p.m. over the water off Seaside Heights, said Brian Haines, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly.

The Seaside Park Volunteer Fire Company said on Twitter that the spout was spotted between Toms River and Seaside Heights, north of the Route 37 bridge.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills elephant in Pattaya, Thailand

Boonklong, a 40-year-old elephant, died after it was struck by lightning at a Pattaya elephant camp.

Boonklong, a 40-year-old elephant, died after it was struck by lightning at a Pattaya elephant camp.
A 40-year-old elephant died after it was struck by lightning at a Pattaya elephant camp.

Mahout Somnuk Tidsandod, 46, reported May 7 that he found the carcass of Boonklong under a tree. The cow had electrical burns on two ankles, the exit point for the lightning.

Veterinarian Padet Siridumrong, an elephant specialist from Nernplabwan Animal Hospital, concluded the elephant was struck while chained in the woods.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 43 goats in Gujarat, India

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As the weather in Bharuch district turned rainy on Saturday afternoon, 43 goats in a village died of lightning.

The atmosphere suddenly turned cloudy and unseasonal rains accompanied by strong winds lashed the district.

In Sitpon village of Bharuch taluka, 43 goats grazing under a neem tree died after lightning struck the tree.

A group of farmers had taken their cattle out for grazing when it started to rain heavily around 4 pm. It was the second time in a week that Bharuch received unseasonal rain.

Snowflake Cold

England is on for its coldest May since record-keeping began back in 1659 (during the Maunder Minimum)

Maunder Minimum

Following its coldest APRIL since 1922, England is now on for its coldest MAY since record-keeping began some 362 years ago-since the Maunder Minimum (1645-1715)!


Back in 1659, England was still processing the death of Richard Cromwell, who, after the execution of King Charles I, had ruled the Commonwealth of England for 5 years. The year 1659 is also the start date of the Central England Temperature (CET) dataset, which has proved an invaluable resource for meteorologists and climate scientists alike. Astonishingly, what the dataset reveals in 2021, in this time of supposed "catastrophic global heating," is that England is on for its coldest May in more than three and a half centuries (at least).

Even more astonishingly, note that 1659 falls within the early-stages of the Maunder Minimum (1645-1715)-a period of reduced global temperatures correlating with historically low solar activity during which the Sun was often devoid of sunspots for years and even decades at a time. Therefore, what the English are experiencing this May eclipses the extreme lows documented during the last full-blown Grand Solar Minimum.

"Snow in May," reports the BBC.

"Lake District skiers 'giddy' in unseasonal weather," continues the headline.

Comment: We're entering an ice age. Its effects will likely be felt within the coming year, and its devastating consequences over the next 3-5 years.

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