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Carcass of 18-ft-long whale washes up on coast of Gujarat, India

The whale's postmortem was not possible

The whale's postmortem was not possible since the carcass is in a decomposed form.
An 18-feet-long carcass of a whale was washed ashore at Malvan near Nargol beach in Valsad on Wednesday. Forest officials could not confirm the species of the whale since it is decomposed.

Locals spotted the carcass early on Wednesday and they alerted forest officials. A team of forest officials visited the spot and collected samples for further investigation to find out if the whale was killed or died naturally.

"Its postmortem is not possible since the carcass is decomposed. We will try to find out if it is natural death or if it was killed," deputy conservator of forest Yadu Bhardwaj told TOI.

Comment: Other whales have washed upon recently on a beach of New Zealand on May 26 ( 2 pygmy sperm whales) and on the coast of Alaska on May 25 (a beluga).


It's almost June, but fresh snow falls on Vernon's Silver Star Mountain, British Columbia

© SilverStar webcam
It may almost be June, but Vernon's Silver Star Mountain received a fresh dusting of snow this morning.

Webcam images from the resort show snowing falling as of 8 a.m. and the village covered in white.

The Star wrapped up for ski season over the Easter long weekend and is preparing for its summer bike park opening on June 25.

Down in the valley, today's forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies and a high of 15 C.


Tiger kills yet another in a district of Maharashtra, India - 17th this year

A tiger claimed yet another human life in forest near Saigaon-Kalamgaon village under South Bramhapuri range on Wednesday morning.

The victim Bhaurao Dodkuji Jambhule (42), a resident of Chichkheda village, had gone to forest compartment no. 165 in Vandra beat with others to pluck tendu leaves, when a lurking tiger killed him on the spot.

South Bramhapuri RFO, AP Mendhe, rushed to the spot and removed the body after inquest formalities. An ex gratia of Rs20,000 was given to the kin of the deceased.

This is 20th human kill in predator attacks in the district this year. Of these, 17 were killed by tigers, two by leopards and one in elephant attack.


Mother, daughter killed in wild elephant attack in Nepal

A woman and her daughter were killed when a wild elephant fatally attacked them in Bardia on Monday night.

The animal that had barged into a human settlement near Bardia National Park attacked Chanda BK, 37, and her three-year-old daughter Dipika BK of Geruwa Rural Municipality at around 10 pm.

The critically injured mother daughter duo was rushed to Nepalgunj Teaching Hospital, Kohalpur in Banke district where they breathed their last during treatment.

The incident had taken place while the two were sleeping in the courtyard of their house to escape the heat inside.

Snowflake Cold

Sneaky late-May wet snow in Ontario catches many by surprise

Sneaky late-May wet snow in Ontario catches many by surprise

Sneaky late-May wet snow in Ontario catches many by surprise
Many in southern Ontario were caught off guard Friday morning once they awoke to a frightening scene -- wet snow, freezing rain and ice pellets.

With temperatures hovering just above the freezing mark in parts of the region, a low-pressure system that tracked south of the province Friday morning helped usher in wet snow, freezing rain, ice pellets to parts of the region. Much of the frozen precipitation is falling in higher terrains in the south.

"This pattern of a ridge to the north and low tracking to the south of the Great Lakes is your typical pattern where you can get freezing rain and ice pellets. This setup would be quite normal in the winter," said Nadine Hinds-Powell, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

"What is unusual though is that it is this late in spring and the cold air intrusion into the moisture is this far south in Ontario."

There were reports of ice pellets and large snowflakes less than 10 km northwest of Milton, Ont., on the escarpment, with a light dusting on some surfaces.

Cloud Precipitation

Number of Indian districts affected by cyclones tripled after 2005

cyclone Yaas

Cyclone Yaas
More than 75 per cent of Indian districts are hotspots for extreme climate events. On the east coast, more than 90 per cent of districts are hotspots for cyclones, floods, droughts and their associated events; these districts are home to over 250 million people.

On the back of recent cyclone Yaas hitting the eastern coast, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) has done an independent analysis in West Bengal and Odisha.

According to a CEEW study, after 2005, the yearly average of the number of districts in India affected by cyclones tripled and the cyclone frequency doubled. In the last decade alone, 258 districts were affected.

The cyclone hotspot districts are primarily concentrated along the eastern coast. These include Baleswar, East Godavari, Howrah, Kendrapara, Nellore, North 24 Parganas, Paschim Medinipur, Puri, Sivaganga, Tuticorin, and West Godavari.

In east coast districts, the frequency of cyclones and storm surges has increased seven-fold in the last 50 years. Since 2005, the number of districts affected has increased five-fold on a decadal basis.


Severe flooding in Musi Rawas Regency, South Sumatra, Indonesia

Flood evacuations by boat in Musi Rawas Regency, 27 May 2021.
© BPBD Musi Rawas Regency
Flood evacuations by boat in Musi Rawas Regency, 27 May 2021.
Severe flooding struck in Musi Rawas Regency, South Sumatra Province in Indonesia on 27 May 2021.

According to Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency BNPB, heavy rainfall caused the Lakit River to overflow on 27 May, flooding 4 villages in Selangit sub-district and one village in Suku Tengah Lakitan Ulu sub-district, where flood water reached up to 1.5 metres deep.

Full damage assessments are yet to be completed but as of late 27 May, 247 houses, 1 school and 2 places of worship were inundated with flood water up to 1 metres deep in Selangit. Around 1,235 people have been affected.


Alberta hiker dies in grizzly attack, second fatality for the province this month

A large grizzly bear given the name The Boss
A large grizzly bear given the name The Boss is shown near Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, west of Calgary. A second hiker this month was killed during a bear attack on Tuesday near Water Valley, west of Cremona. The RCMP said the person killed was a woman but did not release her name.
Residents are being told to be on the alert after a suspected fatal bear attack near Water Valley, west of Cremona, on Tuesday.

It's the second deadly bear encounter in the region this month.

At about 7 p.m. Tuesday night, Alberta Fish and Wildlife personnel were called to a private property southwest of the hamlet for a report of a fatal bear attack.

"The individual had gone for a walk on their property and was found deceased on one of their trails," Alberta Justice and Solicitor General spokeswoman Ina Lucila said in a statement.

"Officers are still determining the identity of the bear, but a grizzly bear and a cub were seen in the vicinity of the incident. The sow was exhibiting aggressive behaviour."

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rainfall, hailstorm and flash flood in Taif, Saudi Arabia

Heavy rainfall, hailstorm and flash flood in Taif, Saudi Arabia


Major flooding hits Guyana and Suriname

Residents of Bartica we are currently experiencing the worse floods in recent years, the town's Mayor, Gifford Marshall has said.

In a Facebook post. Marshall said hours-long heavy rainfall has resulted in extensive flooding in low- lying and others areas. "We regret to report that we are expecting the highest tide in a few hours.

In light of the above we ask that you prepare and take all necessary measures to secure your property.

The Council will continue to update you as we remain on the ground to monitor situation," Marshall told residents.