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2 children killed in lightning strike in Madhya Pradesh, India

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Two children were killed in a lightning strike on Tuesday in Madhya Pradesh's Shahdol district as several areas in the state received heavy rain and hailstorms, officials said.

In Bhopal, strong winds uprooted trees in several localities.

A six-year-old boy and a nine-year-old girl were struck by a bolt from the sky while collecting wood near a tree at Chhatwai village, resulting in their death, said Sohagpur police station in-charge Bhupendra Mani Patel.

Both the deceased belonged to a tribal community, he said.


2-year-old child mauled to death by stray dog in Madhya Pradesh, India

A tragic incident unfolded in Barwani where a two-year-old child, Shaurya, was brutally attacked and mauled to death by a stray dog.

The horrifying incident occurred on Tuesday morning at around 7 am in the New Housing Board Colony where the victim was playing outside his house, was suddenly seized by the dog, which then dragged him towards the nearby brick kilns.

Shaurya's grandmother, Anita Chauhan, recounted the heart-wrenching ordeal, stating that Shaurya's mother was inside the house at the time of the incident.

Upon witnessing the attack, Anita raised an alarm, prompting other family members to rush to the scene and rescue the child. However, the injuries sustained by Shaurya was severe, and despite being rushed to the hospital, he tragically succumbed to his injuries.


Evacuations ordered as wind-fueled wildfires tear across Texas Panhandle

Firefighters are battling several wind-fueled wildfires in the Texas Panhandle, the largest of which has forced evacuations in the cities in Hemphill County, about a hundred miles northeast of Amarillo. The Smokehouse Creek grassland fire has scorched at least 300,000 acres with 0% containment, according to Texas A&M Forest Service.

Hemphill County Emergency Management issued evacuation orders Tuesday afternoon, with Sheriff Brent Clapp "strongly" suggesting people evacuate Canadian. Later in the evening, according to ABC 7 News, as the wildfire forced road closures, Clapp recommended Canadian residents shelter in place.

Canadian Independent School District canceled all classes on Wednesday due to the fire. ABC 7 also reported that structures in Canadian have burned. "Photojournalist Steve Douglass saw two homes in Canadian burn. There are likely many more."


Wrong place, wrong time: Myrtle warbler from North America turns up in Scotland

The last sighting of a myrtle warbler in the US is thought to have been in 2014
© Stevie Clarke/SWNSThe last sighting of a myrtle warbler in the US is thought to have been in 2014
A tiny rare bird not seen in the British Isles for a decade has caused a flap in the world of birders - after one appeared in an Ayrshire garden.

A myrtle warbler - a relative of the yellow-rumped warbler - has been frequenting a Kilwinning garden for the last week. The bird is native to the US and is only a rare visitor to Britain and Ireland, with the last recorded sighting on mainland UK thought to have been in 2014 - when one was spotted in County Durham.

There are thought to have been less than 30 sightings of the bird in the UK ever, and the species' latest appearance has attracted hundreds of visitors from as far away as Cornwall. Local amateur photographer and bird fan Stevie Clarke told SWNS his birder friend, Jimmy Crawford, first spotted it last Tuesday (February 20).

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Mudslide in Bolivia destroys homes, buries crops

The mudslide covered the entire village of Laquina, in the department of Cochabamba, and buried 30 houses, a farm, vehicles and crops in mud.

The disaster occurred after the dam of a nearby lagoon burst, sending torrents of mud down the mountainside and flooding everything in its path.

Authorities said 40 families lost their homes but no fatalities were reported.

Meanwhile, in the Andean region of Potosi, heavy rains over the weekend caused rivers to burst their banks, leaving streets covered in dirt, stones and mud and more than 400 homes destroyed.


Cloud Precipitation

Streets turn into rivers of ice as severe hailstorm hits Zhejiang, China on February 21

Recently, China has been grappling with a surge in extreme weather occurrences.

On February 21st, 2024, multiple regions across Zhejiang Province were besieged by intense hailstorms, resulting in streets being blanketed with a thick layer of hail.

This was soon followed by torrential downpours, where swift currents of rainwater swept through the streets, carrying the accumulated hailstones and creating a mesmerizing spectacle akin to rivers of ice.


Child dies after being bit by dog in north Alabama, authorities say

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Original story: A child is in critical condition after they were bitten by a dog Monday in north Alabama, authorities said.

Morgan County sheriff's deputies and EMS personnel responded to Ramblewood Private Drive off of Vaughn Bridge Road in Hartselle, the agency said Monday evening.

The child was set to be evacuated from the area by aircraft, the sheriff's office said.

A "large police and EMS presence" led authorities to urge motorists to avoid the area and "use caution."


15-foot whale shark washed ashore in Andhra Pradesh, India

The image shows the whale shark found at a beach in Srikakulam.
The image shows the whale shark found at a beach in Srikakulam.
Residents along the shores of Srikakulam beach in Andhra Pradesh were greeted with an unexpected sight as a massive whale shark was found to have been washed up on the shore early this morning.

The shark whale measures an impressive 15 feet in length, 6 feet in width, and weighing approximately 2 tons, has left the local community in awe.

Another video showed children jumping on the carcass of the dead whale as people flocked to see the massive creature.

According to local fishermen, the whale shark was found stranded on the beach near Donkuru village.

Snowflake Cold

2.1 million animals dead as extreme winter weather hits Mongolia

This winter has been more severe than usual in Mongolia, with lower than normal temperatures and very heavy snowfall
© Byambasuren BYAMBA-OCHIR / AFPThis winter has been more severe than usual in Mongolia, with lower than normal temperatures and very heavy snowfall
The landlocked country is no stranger to severe weather from December to March, when temperatures plummet as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius (minus 58 Fahrenheit) in some areas.

But this winter has been more severe than usual, with lower than normal temperatures and very heavy snowfall, the United Nations said in a recent report.

As of Monday, 2.1 million head of livestock had died from starvation and exhaustion, Gantulga Batsaikhan of the country's agriculture ministry said.

Mongolia had 64.7 million such animals, including sheep, goats, horses and cows, at the end of 2023, official statistics show.

Comment: Mongolia experiences largest winter snowfall in 49 years

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Massive avalanche in France kills 4 and injures 3 while 2 skiers remain missing

On Sunday, February 25, a massive avalanche occurred around 12:30 p.m. in the Val d'Enfer valley, in the Sancy Massif in France. Local emergency services were deployed immediately but, unfortunately, four people have been confirmed dead and three others injured, while two are still missing. The seven rescued people were found thanks to several members carrying emergency beacons. One of the three injured was confirmed to have deployed her airbag.

A group of nine members of the Vichy French Alpine Clubs had set out on Sunday and were caught in an avalanche not far from Mont Dore. According to Sébastien Dubourg, mayor of Mont-Dore, the area where the avalanche occurred, known as Val d'Enfer, is known to be dangerous, "It's a funnel... the mountain is unfortunately stronger than us," he stated in a press conference.