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Signs & portents: Tribes honor the birth of a rare white buffalo calf in Yellowstone on June 4 and reveal its name: Wakan Gli

© Erin Braaten / Dancing Aspens PhotographyA rare white buffalo calf, reportedly born in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Valley in Wyoming, on June 4.
In a gathering near a picturesque lake outside Yellowstone National Park, hundreds of people cheered Wednesday as a Native American leader spoke the name revealed on a painted hide for a rare white buffalo that was born in the park earlier this month: Wakan Gli, which means "Return Sacred" in Lakota.

The moment marked the highlight of a Native American religious ceremony to commemorate the calf's birth that also featured dancing, drumming, singing and the retelling of how a mysterious woman brought a message of reassurance during hard times.

Earlier this month, the white buffalo calf was born in Yellowstone National Park's vast and lush Lamar Valley, where huge, lumbering bison graze by the hundreds in scenes reminiscent of the old American West.

To the several tribes who revere American bison — they call them "buffalo" — the calf's appearance was both the fulfilment of sacred prophesy and a message to take better care of the Earth.

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Landslide on the slopes of World Heritage Site Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia on June 24

A landslide occurred on the slopes of World Heritage Site Mount Kinabalu early this morning which caused some damage to the topography but did not affect any of the trekking routes.

Sabah Parks director Maklarin Lakim said that there was no casualties involved in the incident but his team will continue to monitor the situation.

"Landslides occurred far from the mountain-climbing trail, and there were no casualties involved.

"We are currently monitoring the development of landslides in the upstream of Mesilau river and its impact on river water flow. The situation is currently under control," he said.

Earlier this morning, a video of a landslide on the slopes of Mount Kinabalu in Mesilau went viral, causing concern among netizens.

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Ruidoso in New Mexico issues evacuation order for flooding

The Village of Ruidoso has issued an "immediate evacuation" order after flash flooding was reported on the Rio Ruidoso Sunday afternoon, June 30, the Village of Ruidoso said on its Facebook page.

"Flash flooding is ongoing on the Rio Ruidoso and has the potential to impact the Midtown district. The Ruidoso Office of Emergency Management has issued an immediate evacuation and move to higher ground. Evacuate immediately to higher ground. Do not delay leaving to gather any belongings. Get to higher ground NOW," the Village said in a post.

A shelter is available at White Mountain Relief Center at 687 Hull Road.

The Red Cross is at the shelter with a "fully functioning operation" with shelter and food service, the Village said.

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Massive avalanche hits Gandhi Sarovar on hills behind Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand, India

A massive avalanche occurred over Gandhi Sarovar in Kedarnath on Sunday. A video showing the avalanche rushing down the slopes went viral on social media.

However, no casualties have been reported so far.

An avalanche occurred around 5 a.m. on Sunday morning on the snowy mountain located behind Kedarnath Dham.

"There was an avalanche from above Gandhi Sarovar in Kedarnath at around 5 am today. There was no loss of life or property," Rudraprayag senior superintendent of police (SSP) Dr Vishakha Ashok Bhadane said, news agency ANI reported.

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Baseball-sized hail causes extensive damage to Cozad and Gothenburg, Nebraska

The people of Cozad and Gothenburg are dealing with cleanup after a severe hailstorm Saturday morning.

According to Dawson County Emergency Management Director Brian Woldt, the storm began at around 2 a.m. and lasted for 30 minutes. During that time, baseball-sized hail and wind caused extensive damage to Cozad, with a lesser amount of damage caused to Gothenburg.

Most of the damage was caused to individual home owners, with damage to car windows and households.

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Hailstones as large as tennis balls damage hundreds of homes and crops in southeastern Poland on June 22

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A powerful hailstorm ravaged a municipality in southeastern Poland, damaging around 700 homes, multiple cars, and destroying crops.

The severe weather hit the municipality of Dynów last week, with hailstones as large as tennis balls damaging roofs, facades, and smashing windows. The storm, which lasted about 25 minutes, left a trail of destruction in its wake.

Residents have placed losses in the tens of thousands of zlotys, with local authorities pledging assistance for those affected.

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Major floods, power cuts in Penampang, Malaysia after heavy downpour

A downpour lasting several hours triggered major floods in a host of low-lying areas here and in the neighbouring Penampang district on Sunday (June 30).

There were multiple reports of vehicles unable to pass through several roads as floodwaters continued to rise following heavy rain that started at about noon.

Power has been cut to the areas affected by the floodwaters which started to rise at about 1.30pm.

The situation was also compounded by the high tide at about 4pm, it was learned.

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At least 7 dead as fierce summer storms and floods hit France, Switzerland and Italy

Ferocious storms and torrential rains that lashed France, Switzerland and Italy this weekend have killed seven people, local authorities have said.

Three people in their 70s and 80s died in France's northeastern Aube region on Saturday when a tree crushed the car they were travelling in during fierce winds, the local authority told the AFP news agency on Sunday.

A fourth passenger was in critical care, it added.

In neighbouring Switzerland, four people have died and another two are missing, according to local police, after violent thunderstorms and melting snow caused flooding and landslides in two southern cantons.

Three of the victims were killed early on Sunday in a landslide in the remote Maggia valley, in the Italian-speaking Alpine canton of Ticino, police said in a statement.

The three bodies were recovered in the Fontana area of the Maggia valley and they were currently being identified, while another person was missing in the Lavizzara side arm of the valley, Ticino authorities said.

Comment: Also, a week prior: Three missing after landslide in Switzerland as heavy summer rains cause flash floods in the Alps


Dozens of cars swept away in flooded Sukhi river after heavy rain in Uttarakhand, India

Viral videos of cars floating in a river in Haridwar surfaced today. According to reports, the water in the river swelled up dramatically following heavy rains, causing many cars to be washed away in the floodwater.

According to some reports, dozens of vehicles parked in the Sukhi River were washed away after heavy rains. News wire agency PTI said rainwater gushed into homes and left major roads in the pilgrimage town waterlogged.

"As the rainfed Sukhi river is generally dry, people habitually park their cars on the dry riverbed. As the river got flooded all of a sudden, the cars were swept away in the swirling waters. The river joins the mainstream of the Ganga a short distance away. People gathered on the bridges over the Ganga near Har ki Pauri to capture the visuals of the floating cars on mobile cameras," it added.

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Dashcam: Flash flood cascade batters Utah drivers

When returning to town from Potash Road Dinosaur Tracks and Petroglyphs in Utah, this family found themselves caught in a dangerous weather situation.

Flash flooding had caused a surge of water to rush over the nearby cliffs onto the roadway below, creating hazardous road conditions.

Luckily, no one was injured.

Check out this stunning video.

Comment: On the same day in the same state: Lightning strike in Utah sends 7 members of youth group to hospital