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Italy - 14 dead after more flooding in Emilia-Romagna (UPDATES)

Floods in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, 16 May 2023.
© Civil Protection Emilia-Romagna
Floods in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, 16 May 2023.
Firefighters in Italy have rescued dozens of people trapped in flooded areas of the Emilia-Romagna Region. As of 17 May Civil Protection reported at least 2 people have lost their lives and 3 more were missing. Parts of the neighbouring Marche Region have also been severely impacted.

Floods in the Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy

Communities in the region of Emilia-Romagna are still recovering from catastrophic flooding earlier this month when at least 2 people lost their lives. At the time, the President of the Emilia-Romagna Region, Stefano Bonaccini, described the situation as unprecedented.

Further heavy rain fell in the region from 15 May 2023, increasing river levels and triggering landslides. Italy's fire and rescue service, Vigili del Fuoco, said 500 firefighters were working in the affected areas of Ravenna, Forlì-Cesena, Rimini and Bologna Provinces.

Comment: Update May 18

From the same source:
In a statement of 17 May, the regional government of Emilia-Romagna reported 8 people have now died as a result of floods and landlsides in the region since 16 may. Six fatalities occurred in the province of Forlì-Cesena, one in the province of Ravenna and another in the Bologna area. Several people are still thought to be missing and thousands have evacuated their homes.

Over twenty rivers and streams have broken their banks, causing flooding in 37 municipalities. Authorities reported 250 landslides, including 120 severe landslides, in 48 municipalities.
Update May 20

Agence France-Presse reports:
The toll from floods that have devastated the Emilia Romagna region in Italy rose to 14 Friday, amid calls for the government to revive an abandoned project to mitigate the impact of natural disasters.

Authorities in Ravenna ordered the immediate evacuation of two small towns and issued an "extremely urgent" call for residents to reduce their movements to a minimum in the region, which was still subject to a red weather alert.

"The death toll has risen to 14," a spokeswoman for the region told AFP.

The latest victim to be found was a man recovered from a flooded house in Faenza, a picturesque city usually surrounded by green pastures and vineyards, left largely underwater after the fierce downpour earlier this week.

Nearly half of the 10,000 people evacuated from their homes spent the night in local refuge centres set up in gyms or hotels, with others receiving hot meals from mobile kitchens deployed in several cities.

Locals in Faenza shovelled mud out of their homes, piling sodden mattresses, clothes and furniture together in mountains of waste.

In Ravenna, rain was still falling and mayor Massimo Isola described a "disastrous situation" in hamlets up in the hills surrounding the city.

As rescue workers searched for people still cut off by the waters, details emerged of the final moments of some of those who died.


150 wildfires continue to burn across northern Alberta and British Columbia - smoke chokes skies across America's northern tier

Wildfire smoke covers the Denver skyline on May 19, 2023.
© Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Wildfire smoke covers the Denver skyline on May 19, 2023.
Thick smoke from Canadian wildfires has pushed across the border into America's northern tier states this week, blanketing several states in a milky orange-tinged haze and sending air quality to hazardous levels in a few areas.

Around 150 wildfires are burning across northern Alberta and British Columbia, pouring acrid smoke across western Canada that is carrying south into the United States along the upper-level winds. Smoke has reached into the Pacific Northwest, Rockies, northern Plains and even into the Great Lakes and Mississippi Valley.

Smoky skies have been reported as far south as St. Louis and Paducah, Kentucky and as far west as Seattle and Denver.


Video shows waterspout in Key Largo, Florida

A witness shared a video recorded on Friday morning in Key Largo that shows a water spout.


Humpback whale washes up dead on Long Island, New York - 9th so far in 2023

A beached whale washed ashore at Robert Moses State Park on Friday.

A beached whale washed ashore at Robert Moses State Park on Friday.
The 9th humpback whale to wash up on the shore this year was found on the sands of Robert Moses State Park.


Killer whales attack British couple's yacht for an hour off Morocco

The orcas let up the chase after an hour but the steering on the boat failed so they headed back to shore

The orcas let up the chase after an hour but the steering on the boat failed so they headed back to shore.
A British couple have described the terrifying moment their yacht was attacked by killer whales.

Janet Morris and Stephen Bidwell, from Cambridge, were enjoying a sailing course off the coast of Morocco when they spotted a pod of orcas.

Some of the deadly mammals then started bumping the boat - an attack which continued for an hour, it is claimed.

Also faced with high winds and big swells, the able crew managed to navigate to calmer waters - and to safety.

Business consultant Janet, 58, said: 'I couldn't believe it when I saw them - it's extremely rare. We were sitting ducks.


Boy, 7, killed in stray-dog attack in Telangana, India

dog attack
A seven-year-old boy was killed in an attack by stray dogs on Thursday in Telangana's Hanamkonda district. The incident took place near a children's park in Kazipet's Railway Colony.

Around 9 am on Thursday, the child was headed to a washroom in the area alone when he noticed a pack of dogs approaching him, sources said. The boy tried to run but fell down, when the dogs violently attacked and killed him on the spot.

The police have taken cognizance of the incident.

In a similar incident, a nine-year-old from Meerut was attacked by a stray pit bull earlier on Thursday. The boy survived with severe injuries to his face, thighs and stomach. The local police were alerted about the incident and authorities have ensured adequate action.


Man dies after dog attack in Wigan, UK

dog attack
A Wigan man who died after being attacked by a dog has been named by police as Jonathan Hogg, 37.

Officers shot dead the animal after the attack in Leigh, Wigan, on Thursday evening.

Hogg was found by officers in Westleigh Lane with serious injuries shortly after 9.10pm. He was taken to hospital but died in the early hours of Friday.

Paying tribute to him, his family said: "Jonathan was a well-loved, sensitive, and kind person who will never know how loved and appreciated he was by everyone who knew him.


7.1-magnitude earthquake strikes east of New Caledonia - 2nd major quake there in 24 hours - Mag. 6.5 aftershock also recorded

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Saturday in the Pacific Ocean to the east of New Caledonia, the US Geological Survey said, a day after a major quake hit the same area.

The epicentre was 35 kilometres (22 miles) deep and located about 300 kilometres (190 miles) east of the New Caledonian archipelago, it said. Any tsunami waves are expected to be less than 0.3 metres (one foot), the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in its latest update.

The waves may reach the Pacific islands of Fiji, Kiribati, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna, it said, after earlier issuing a warning for coasts within 300 kilometres (185 miles) of the epicentre.

On Friday, a 7.7-magnitude quake in the same area sent people scrambling for higher ground on several Pacific islands for fear of giant waves. A tsunami warning was lifted hours later.

Source: AFP

Comment: Earthquake Track also reports a 6.5 magnitude aftershock about 20 minutes after the above event.

Details of the earlier earthquake: New Caledonia lifts tsunami warning after 7.7-magnitude quake


Late spring SNOWFALL in New Hampshire covers parts of Granite State in three inches of the white stuff

It may be just a month until summer starts, but no one told that to the mountains in New Hampshire, which saw a thick coating of snowfall at some of its highest elevations on Thursday

It may be just a month until summer starts, but no one told that to the mountains in New Hampshire, which saw a thick coating of snowfall at some of its highest elevations on Thursday
It may be just weeks until summer stars - put parts of New Hampshire are still seeing midwinter weather, with a thick blanket of snow covering areas of the Granite State.

The Mount Washington Observatory noted the absurdity of seeing the white stuff this time of year in a Facebook post after the beauty spot was given a thick coating.

'The calendar might read mid-May but the White Mountains will feel more like late March Weds into Thurs morning,' the observatory said.

Clarksville, New Hampshire - a town about two hours east of Montreal - also saw visible snowfall on Thursday, although it did not lay on the ground.

Areas at 4,000 feet above sea level saw a possibility of three inches of snow Wednesday going into Thursday.

Cloud Precipitation

Severe hailstorms hit Spain

A 15-minute hailstorm causes great damage in Los Palacios, The tremendous storm of water and hail unexpectedly burst on the town shortly after 5:30 p.m. and is doing a lot of damage.

Rain and hail in various parts of Andalusia. The storm has hit the Sierra de Cádiz with force, especially in Zahara de la Sierra and El Bosque. We find a similar situation in Ronda, Málaga, and in some municipalities of Seville. In places some crops have become waterlogged.