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Three dogs killed man in Crawford County, Georgia

dog attack
A 76-year-old Crawford County man found dead last month outside his house with bite marks on his body is now thought to have died in a dog attack, the sheriff said Thursday.

Lee Alvin Becham, whose body was discovered Feb. 23 outside his residence in the 1900 block of Marshall Mill Road south of Lizella, is believed to have been attacked by three dogs, Sheriff Lewis Walker said in a statement.

"The preliminary autopsy results for Lee Alvin Becham was traumatic injuries due to dog attack," the statement said. "Three dogs that are suspected in this case have been removed from their owners."


Over 150 dead seagulls found on beach in New Zealand

Local Beverley Dowling watched a bird go from healthy looking, to paralysed and unable to move in 10 minutes.
Local Beverley Dowling watched a bird go from healthy looking, to paralysed and unable to move in 10 minutes.
The Department of Conservation is investigating the deaths of dozens of seagulls found today by a member of the public on Waikawa Beach, near Levin.

It comes after a Manukau resident says she saw over 150 dead seagulls on the beach this afternoon.

Beverly Dowling was walking on Waikawa Beach and Kuku Beach where she saw some birds struggling to fly and others that were dead.

"They were struggling to fly, trying to take off and failing," she said.

The seagull in the video in this story died about 10 minutes after she finished filming.

Cloud Precipitation

Severe storms leave 2 dead, thousands of homes damaged in Vietnam

An electricity pole falls on a car in Yên Bái City
© Yên Bái Province's Television
An electricity pole falls on a car in Yên Bái City
The Disaster Management Authority (DMA) in Vietnam reports that severe weather in the country since 02 March 2020 has left at least 2 people dead, 16 injured and thousands of homes damaged.

Thunderstorms, heavy rain, strong winds and hail have affected the provinces of Yen Bai, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Lai Chau, Lao Cai, Cao Bang and Son La.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Ice swirls as magnetic field snaps with dragon aurora

© Taken by Matthew Steinberg on February 18, 2020 @ Reine, Lofoten Islands Norway
After snow, sleet, and heavy wind all day, the clouds parted for a 2 hour display of spectacular pale green, blue, and purple auroras over the mountains of Reine.
No sunspots, solar wind or CME and Earth's magnetic ripped producing white aurora. At the same time the umpteenth Arctic cyclogenesis pushed across the N. Atlantic ripping ice bergs free in Labrador and churning the skies with cloud streets, cavitating winds and ice swirls in its wake.

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7 day snowfall totals pass 1.5 metres (5 feet) in the Alps, substantial snow also for the Pyrenees

Val Thorens

Val Thorens, France
A number of ski areas in France, Italy and Switzerland report they have received more than 1.5 metres (five feet) of snowfall in the past seven days.

After a brief lull it has been snowing again heavily in the Western Alps with a number of resorts reporting another 50cm (20 inches) in the past 24 hours.

Of Europe's major destination resorts, La Plagne and Tignes in France as well as La Thuile in Italy have reported more than 1.4 metres of snowfall this week with Avoriaz and ski areas in the 4 Valleys reporting 50cm of fresh snow since yesterday.

Black Cat

Big cat fatally attacks man in Valle de Bravo, Mexico

Police search for animal that killed a 50-year-old man.

Police search for animal that killed a 50-year-old man.
The México state Ministry of Education suspended classes indefinitely in 13 schools in Valle de Bravo after a resident of the municipality was killed by what is believed to have been a big cat.

A man of around 50 years of age was found dead on Sunday in the community of Cerro Gordo. The nature of the wounds found on his body have led authorities to believe that the attack was carried out by a species of large cat.

México state Governor Alfredo del Mazo Maza issued an alert for the communities of Cerro Gordo and El Pinal del Marquesado and urged residents not to go to the area where the attack occurred.


Volcanic Mount Semeru spews hot clouds as far as 3km in East Java, Indonesia

Lava flowing out of Mount Semeru's crater seen from Pranajiwo village near Lumajang in East Java on Wednesday.
© Antara Photo/Umarul Faruq
Lava flowing out of Mount Semeru's crater seen from Pranajiwo village near Lumajang in East Java on Wednesday.
Mount Semeru in Lumajang, East Java, has started spewing hot clouds as far as 3km, the Malang Disaster and Mitigation Agency (BPBD) reported, issuing a level II (advisory) warning status for the volcano.

The agency observed that the hot clouds had an amplitude of 23mm and was accompanied by a 540-second earthquake.

BPBD Malang head Subagyo said that it was a normal, natural occurrence and that the situation was under control.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 2 teachers, injures 15 students in Uganda

Lightning struck dead two teachers and injured seriously 15 pupils at Queen Zainab primary school in Bugaya sub-county in Buyende district in eastern Uganda.

Babra Birungi and Mathias Wandyaka were killed on Wednesday evening during rainfall characterised by a hailstorm. Christine Babirye, a teacher at the school says the heavy rain forced pupils and teachers to lock themselves in the main hall.

"We experienced heavy rainfall with accompanied with a huge storm, which blew off the roof of the classroom. We decided to converge in the main hall where tragedy befell us," she said.


Army deployed as Northland, New Zealand experiences 'worst drought on record'

New Zealand troops prepare to help with drought relief in the Northland region
© Northland Civil Defence Emergency Management Group
New Zealand troops prepare to help with drought relief in the Northland region.
The New Zealand army has been sent to Northland to assist in drought relief efforts after months without any rain.

The towns of Kaikohe and Kaitaia are the worst hit with severe water restrictions in place throughout February. Water is only allowed to be used for cooking, drinking or 40-second showers.

"We're running out of water", the Far North council website reads, saying its goal is to "urgently" reduce water consumption across the district by 25%. There has been no significant rainfall since November.

This week a deployment of soldiers from the New Zealand army arrived in the region and will be based in Kaitaia for two weeks. Weather forecasters predict no significant rain events for the region until the end of March.

Three medium-heavy army vehicles, each with tanks capable of carrying 5,000 litres of water, plus a hired vehicle capable of carrying 7,000 litres, are being used by the troops to deliver water to communities without town supplies. Emergency supplies will be being topped up at rural marae (Māori meeting house) and other community facilities.

The drought in Northland is the worst on record, said Kaitaia mayor John Carter, who described the situation as a "crisis".

"This is as probably as serious as it gets, this is the worst drought we've had on record," Carter told local media.

Comment: Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Southern Hemisphere drought connection between Southern Africa and Australia


Severe winter weather kills over 55,700 livestock in the province of Khuvsgul, Mongolia

livestock dead
Extreme wintry weather, known as dzud in Mongolia, has killed more than 55,700 livestock animals in the northwestern province of Khuvsgul alone since late last year, the provincial agricultural department said Monday.

"Dzud" is a Mongolian term to describe the frigid winter that comes after a dry summer and causes the death of a great number of livestock due to starvation or cold weather.

"A total of 55,764 livestock animals have died in 11 soums (a type of administrative district in Mongolia) of our province since late last year due to the severe wintry weather. Heavy snowfalls have hit the province 16 times since the beginning of November," the department said in a statement.

The agricultural department and other relevant provincial organizations have been distributing grass and fodder to local herders free of charge or at discounted prices, it added.