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Flooding in Somalia displaces 200,000 people

Women walk through floodwater in Beledweyne, Somalia, May 12, 2023.
Women walk through floodwater in Beledweyne, Somalia, May 12, 2023. The Shabelle River burst its banks in Beledweyne, forcing thousands of people to abandon their homes, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Around 200,000 people have been displaced due to flash flooding in central Somalia, a regional official told AFP Saturday, as the Shabelle River burst its banks and submerged roads.

Inhabitants of Beledweyne town in the Hiran region were forced out of their homes as heavy rainfall caused water levels to rise sharply, with residents carrying their belongings on top of their heads as they waded through flooded streets in search of refuge.

"Some 200,000 people are now displaced due to the Shabelle River flash floods in Beledweyne town and the number may increase any time. It is a preliminary figure now," said Ali Osman Hussein, deputy governor for social affairs in the Hiran region.

Snowflake Cold

Four in a row: Winters in Alaska have been on the colder side

So much for being the canary in the global warming mine. If the past four winters in Alaska seemed colder than usual, it's because, well, they were.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the winter of 2023 continued the chill set in 2019, with temperatures in Alaska averaging 11.8 degrees, just .2 degrees above average. The three previous winters were all below the average temperature.

In October, NOAA had predicted warmer-than-average winter for western Alaska. Old Farmer's Almanac also predicted winter would be "much milder than normal, with the coldest periods in mid- to late November, early December, and late January." The publication predicted snowfall would be below average. That was wrong. In fact, much of Alaska saw historic snowfall over the winter, and in Anchorage, a new record was set for the snow still remaining on the ground in April. The snow continued into the first week of May, with more than 100 inches falling this past winter.


Mount Anak Krakatau erupts again

CCTV recorded volcanic ash erupting from Mount Anak Krakata
CCTV recorded volcanic ash erupting from Mount Anak Krakatau in the waters of the Sunda Strait, Lampung Province, experiencing an eruption on Saturday morning (May13, 2023).
Mount Anak Krakatau re-erupted, Saturday, 7:10 a.m. local time, sending ash to about 2,000 meters above the summit or around 2,157 meters above sea level, the Vulcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) stated.

"The ash column was observed to be gray in color, with a thick intensity, leaning towards the southwest," Head of the Mount Anak Krakatau Monitoring Post Andi Suardi stated in Hargopancuran, Rajabasa Sub-district, South Lampung District, Lampung Province.

According to the PVMBG information broadcast, the volcanic eruption located in the waters of Sunda Strait, Lampung Province, was recorded by a seismograph, with a maximum amplitude of 65 mm and a duration of 68 seconds.


Locusts threaten Afghanistan's wheat harvest

A massive locust infestation in Afghanistan is threatening the wheat harvest.

Farmers are desperately trying to kill the pests.

Al Jazeera's James Bays has this report from Baghlan province in northern Afghanistan.

Cloud Precipitation

Arkansas sees flooding, damage after heavy amounts of rain - up to 9 inches

Rain drenched many parts of Arkansas and left significant damage in its wake on Thursday morning.

In Conway, a 600-year-old tree collapsed on a home, the city said on social media.

The resident was rescued by the Conway Fire Department with no injuries reported.

In Hot Springs, several streets were submerged, with a boat and the dock it was tied to floating in the middle of Lake Catherine.


Snow falls in Spain after long drought and early heat wave

Snowfall surprises Spain after an early heat wave

Snowfall surprises Spain after an early heat wave
Snow fell in parts of northern Spain on Friday after months without any rain and high temperatures which made it feel more like summer than spring.

The freak snowfall happened in La Raya, a mountainous area of Asturias, while hailstones and heavy rain fell in Mediterranean parts of Spain including Catalonia and Valencia after months without a drop of precipitation.

Spain has registered the driest start to a year since records started, the Spanish state weather forecaster AEMET said on Wednesday, with less than half the average rainfall during the first four months of 2023.

So far this year, Spain has recorded 11 hotter-than-normal days, more than twice the number typically observed during a full year.


Two 'killer jumbos' trample woman, elderly farmer to death in Andhra Pradesh, India

The two wild elephants photographed after the deadly attack, at Mallanur near Kuppam in Chittoor district on Friday.

The two wild elephants photographed after the deadly attack, at Mallanur near Kuppam in Chittoor district on Friday.
A woman and an elderly man were trampled to death while two women were injured in an attack by wild elephants in two separate incidents in Kuppam mandal in the early hours of Friday.

According to forest officials, in the first incident, a woman was trampled to death while two others escaped with injuries when two wild elephants attacked them close to the Mallanur railway station in Kuppam mandal.

The deceased, identified as Usha, 36, a daily wager, used to shuttle between Mallanur railway station and Bengaluru. She was on her way to board a train along with the other two women from their village of Parthichenu when two jumbos charged at them. Usha was trampled to death while her two companions narrowly escaped with minor injuries after taking cover in a thicket.


Man feared dead after shark attack off remote beach in South Australia

Great white shark
Authorities are searching for a 46-year-old missing surfer who is believed to have died after a shark attack on the west coast of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia.

"A man is believed to have died following a shark attack," police said in a statement, adding that he was the only person to be attacked.

The man from Elliston was surfing at the Walkers Rocks Beach on the Great Australian Bight when he was attacked 30 to 50 metres offshore.

Police and paramedics were called to the beach about 7km north of Elliston after 10am (local time) on Saturday.

Over half a dozen boats and jet skis were pressed to search for the "well-known" local where he was last seen, Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.


Incredible waterspout is spotted off the coast of a major Australian city

A huge tornado-like water spout that dwarfed tankers (pictured) has been spotted off the coast of Sydney as a storm moves its way onto land

A huge tornado-like water spout that dwarfed tankers (pictured) has been spotted off the coast of Sydney as a storm moves its way onto land
A huge tornado-like water has been spotted off the coast of Sydney, dwarfing two tankers seen sailing on the horizon.

The spout formed just off the coast near South Coogee in Sydney's eastern suburbs on Saturday as a storm moved closer to hitting the fringes of the city.

Water spouts form as heavy winds travel in opposing directions, causing the air to be drawn upwards in a spiralling column.

The rising air carries water vapour along with it into the sky where it can create showers and storms.

While mostly harmless, water spouts can cause damage if they move ashore, with one destroying a dozen homes in Lennox Heads in 2010.


Massive waterspout descends upon Dubrovnik, Croatia amidst unseasonably stormy weather

Waterspout near Dubrovnik island

Waterspout near Dubrovnik island
The weather in Dubrovnik this weekend, and by the looks of it all weekend, has been decidedly unspring like. And today this video shows the power of nature as a huge waterspout formed near a Dubrovnik island.

Stormy skies, rain and wind have been the order of the day for the past week and today the terrible weather brought with its this monstrous waterspout near the island of Koločep near Dubrovnik.

The Adriatic Sea and the sky joined as the towering waterspout spun close to the shore. The video was sent to us by a reader who was on a local ferry between the islands.

Such weather conditions aren't that unusual in the south of Croatia, they are however strange at this time of the year when it is normally sunshine and blue skies.