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Death toll rises in Southern California mountains after blizzards, at least 11 people dead

As mountain communities in Southern California gradually emerge from piles of snow, officials are starting the difficult task of assessing the damage and the number of people who have died.

At least four people were found dead in their homes in the Big Bear area of San Bernardino County, the first one on March 2, said Shannon Dicus, the county sheriff and coroner, on Wednesday.

But the total number of dead could climb. Sheriff Dicus said that at least 11 people had died in the region since Feb. 23, including those who were receiving care at Bear Valley Community Hospital. How many of those deaths are directly related to the snowstorms, however, is unclear because his office has not provided more information on the circumstances involved and is still reviewing the cases.

Sheriff Dicus's office so far has only attributed to the storm the death of a 39-year-old woman who was killed in a hit-and-run traffic collision on Feb. 26.

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Eight dead, thousands displaced as flood ravages Zambian capital

At least eight people have been confirmed dead following floods caused by days of heavy rainfall in the Zambian capital, Lusaka.

Lusaka District Commissioner, Christa Kalulu, who addressed journalists at press conference on Tuesday, said the torrential rains that caused serious flooding in the city also affected thousands of residents whose houses were destroyed by the floods.

Kalulu said the heavy rains started in February and caused rivers to burst their banks, flooding tens of thousands of homes and forcing people to live in makeshift shelters."

She added that the floods also caused a cholera outbreak in the city with about 14 people currently receiving treatment in hospitals.

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Ghana - Accra floods cause damage and fatalities

A heavy downpour lasting several hours caused flooding in parts of Accra, the capital of Ghana, on 07 March 2023.

Ghana Meteorological Agency wanted that, "Southeastern Ghana has been engulfed by a rain-bearing cloud. This is producing rain of varying intensity within the Volta region. Areas within the Greater Accra and Eastern will be affected before drifting to the Central, Western and parts of the Ashanti."

Roads were swamped severely disrupting traffic in a city regularly impacted by flooding. State broadcaster, the Ghana Broadcasting Corporations said the floods had dumped large amounts of garbage on streets around Kwame Nkrumah Circle.

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Ecuador - Fatalities after floods and landslides in Manabí Province

Flood damage in Chone, Manabí Province, Ecuador, 07 March 2023.
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Flood damage in Chone, Manabí Province, Ecuador, 07 March 2023.
At least 3 people died after heavy rain caused flooding and landslides in the Manabí Province of Ecuador on 07 March 2023.

The worst of the flooding struck in Chone city and areas of Chone canton after several small rivers and streams - tributaries of the Chone River - broke their banks.

Flood water, mud and debris swept through parts of Chone city and the parishes of Santa Rita, Canuto, Ricaurte and San Antonio. Dozens of homes were severely damaged or destroyed. Teams from the Fire Department, National Police and the Secretary of Risk Management (SGR) helped families evacuate to safer areas. SGR reported around 2,000 families were affected and one person died. A hospital was also damaged.


Man killed after being attacked by 4 dogs in Jurupa Valley, California

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A man was killed on Tuesday after he was attacked by four dogs while reportedly working on a property in Jurupa Valley, according to Riverside County Animal Services.

After a 911 call reported screaming at a property on the corner of Bellegrave Avenue and Martin Street, Riverside County Sheriff's deputies responded to the property around 7:30 a.m. and requested assistance from Animal Service officers. The victim, whose identity has not been released, had reportedly worked on the property previously without incident, said Riverside County Animal Services representative John Welsh.

"It's a tragedy. Our thoughts are with him and his family," said Welsh.


Shallow 6.0-magnitude earthquake hits off Papua New Guinea - USGS

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 jolted 72 km SSW of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea at 13:51:49 GMT on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 3.2132 degrees south latitude and 150.6471 degrees east longitude.

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At least 15 killed in Indonesia landslide, dozens missing

Landslide damage in Serasan District,
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Landslide damage in Serasan District, Natuna Regency, Riau Islands 06 March 2023.
At least 15 people have been killed, with dozens missing after torrential rains and landslides hit Indonesia's Natuna region on the edge of the South China Sea.

Pictures and video from the national disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) showed landslides cascading through forested areas and dumping mud and debris on houses on the remote Serasan island.

Bits of metal from torn-off roofs and fallen trees were also visible following the disaster on Monday.

The location of the landslide and continued rain were complicating search and rescue efforts, the BNPB said on Twitter. Communications had also been cut off, it said.

The Natuna Search and Rescue Agency's head, Abdul Rahman, told the AFP news agency that 15 people had been confirmed dead and 50 were missing.


38 inches of snow in 24 hours wallops Soda Springs, California

After back-to-back winter storms overwhelmed many of California's mountain communities with snow, another round of snowfall is headed to the Sierra Nevada region, while the state's hard-hit southern San Bernardino County will get a reprieve as some residents who remain trapped by walls of snow are concerned about their dwindling supplies.

The Sierra Nevada mountain range could see 1 to 3 inches of snow through Tuesday, following a weekend that brought as much as 38 inches of snow over a 24-hour period to Soda Springs in Nevada County and 31 inches to Donner Peak in Placer County.

Comment: Large 'HELP US!!' message spotted in SoCal snow as some residents grow desperate - up to 12.5 FEET of snow in 7 days


Angry moose attacks family on snowmobiles in Idaho

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Screenshot from the video
An Idaho family was lucky to escape an attack by an angry moose while they were out on their snowmobiles in the Palisades, east of Idaho Falls.

Jeremiah Bigelow posted the incident on his Instagram account, describing how the moose came between him and his brother, who was ahead of him, on the trail they were riding. The moose initially charged Jeremiah, who had his son and other friends behind him. Jeremiah quickly put his snowmobile in reverse but got stuck as his son's snowmobile did not have a reverse gear.

Jeremiah's brother realized that Jeremiah was stuck and tried to draw the moose's attention away from the group, thinking he could quickly speed away. But right as he jumps back on the snowmobile, it dies, and he is forced to dive to his safety, narrowly avoiding the charging moose.


70-year-old woman mauled by monkeys dies in Telangana, India

A seventy-year-old woman has died in southern India after being attacked by a pack of rampaging monkeys while on her way to the bathroom (stock image)

A seventy-year-old woman has died in southern India after being attacked by a pack of rampaging monkeys while on her way to the bathroom (stock image)
A septuagenarian woman in Telangana died after she was attacked by a troop of more than 20 monkeys. The victim, has been identified as 70-year old Chataraboina Narsavva of Ramareddy village in Kamareddy district.

The incident took place while the victim was cleaning utensils at her home on Friday. Local sources said that the victim was all alone at home as her youngest daughter Suguna had gone to attend a wedding function at the time. Despite Narsavva's cries for help, the fear-stricken neighbours made no attempt to go to her rescue. They shut themselves inside their houses until the monkeys fled. The old woman suffered serious injuries on her chest, back and limbs.

It was only after Suguna returned home a little while later that the old woman was taken to hospital.

Narsavva, however, succumbed to her injuries on Saturday while undergoing treatment at the hospital.