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Snowflake Cold

Heavy snowfall for South Africa

Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve in the Western Cape.
© Dale GallowayKagga Kamma Nature Reserve in the Western Cape.
Disruptive snow has fallen over large parts of the Namaqualand, including Sutherland in the Northern Cape. It has turned the Karoo into a winter wonderland, but it also brought hardship to residents in the area.

Cloud Precipitation

Local laments damage as huge hail pounds French village

Golf ball sized hail battered central France yesterday, July 9.

The violent hailstorm lasted for about 15 minutes, according to Yanik Martin who posted the video.

Second tier warnings have been placed on the storms which are expected to continue tomorrow, July 11. Credit: Yanik Martin via Storyful


Dogs maul boy to death in Pakistan

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In a tragic incident in Tando Allahyar, a pack of pet dogs attacked and killed a 13-year-old boy named Zahid Ali.

The attack took place at a poultry farm owned by Jado Leghari village, where Zahid and his father were cutting firewood.

Despite efforts, Zahid succumbed to multiple dog bites on the spot.

The news of his death spread through the village, causing an atmosphere of mourning among its residents who are now demanding action against the owner of the pet dogs.


Powerful waterspout strikes Boracay Island, Philippines

On July 2, 2024, visitors to Boracay Island, Philippines, were taken aback as a long, powerful waterspout appeared over the water, lingering for nearly 10 minutes.

Arvie Jay Quives, who captured the phenomenon on video, described the experience as both scary and shocking. "We were having a good time when we heard someone shouting, and then we saw it," Quives recounted.


'Dragon absorbing water' waterspout spotted in southern China

A huge waterspout appeared on the sea's surface near Weizhou Island in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

The water column connected the sea to the clouds, attracting many tourists and residents to watch.

Commonly referred to as a 'dragon absorbing water' in China, but also known as a waterspout, the phenomenon is a type of tornado.


Woman swallowed whole by a python in Indonesia, second such killing in a month

A reticulated python (Malayopython reticulatus) wriggles over a tree trunk at Hagenbeck Zoo in December 2021.
© Axel HeimkenA reticulated python (Malayopython reticulatus) wriggles over a tree trunk at Hagenbeck Zoo in December 2021.
A woman was found dead inside the belly of a snake after it swallowed her whole in central Indonesia last week, police said, the second python killing in the province in a month.

Siriati, 36, had gone missing after she left her house Tuesday morning to buy medicine for her sick child, police said Wednesday, prompting relatives to launch a search.

Her husband Adiansa, 30, found her slippers and pants on the ground about 500 meters from their house in Siteba village, South Sulawesi province.

"Shortly after that, he spotted a snake, about 10 meters from the path. The snake was still alive," local police chief Idul, who like many Indonesians has one name, told AFP.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolts kill 10, injures over 20 in Uttar Pradesh, India

Lightning strikes claimed 10 lives in different areas of Prayagraj, Kaushambi and Pratapgarh districts on Tuesday. The dead included women and a teenage girl. Police sent the bodies for postmortem examination while administrative officials reached the spots and urged villagers to follow the guidelines to remain safe during rain.

Three people, including a teenage girl, died in Baghrai, Lalganj and Patti areas of Pratapgarh district due to lightning strike. Bhagwati Devi (62) of Tiwaripur in Baghrai was in the fields when lightning struck her. Ramraj Verma (57) of Bhatpurwa in Lalganj was also in the fields when he died following a lightning strike. A resident of Pahada village in Patti area, Sejal (13) was outside her house when she died of lightning strike. In another incident at Dohri village of Kandhai, 14 goats also died due to lightning strike.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 8 in Rwanda

Lightning killed eight people in Ngororero, Musanze, and Rutsiro districts on Monday, July 8
Lightning killed eight people in Ngororero, Musanze, and Rutsiro districts on Monday, July 8
Lightning killed eight people in Ngororero, Musanze, and Rutsiro districts on Monday, July 8, according to the Ministry in charge of Emergency Management (MINEMA).

Figures by the ministry also show that lightning traumatised four people and killed three cows in Gishwati village, Ngororero District. Another cow was struck dead in Kibara village, Rutsiro District.

The people killed by lightning in Ngororero are from Kabaya, Nyange, Sovu, Muhanda, and Buruhukiro sectors. They include Jeanette Yandereye, 30, who was inside her house, officials said.


Powerful shallow 6.7-magnitude earthquake hits off southern Africa

An earthquake of 6.7 magnitude rocked the southern region of Africa on Wednesday morning.

The US Geological Survey detected the quake, which was categorised as 'very strong'.

It had a 'very shallow' depth of 10 km and, so far, there are no reports of damages.


Woman killed in dog attack in Shreveport, Louisiana

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A woman who was killed in a dog attack Sunday has been named by the Caddo Parish Coroner's Office.

According to a press release from the Caddo Parish Coroner's Office, 59-year-old Joni Hatcher was found inside a residence in the 7800 block of Womack Road just after 11:30 a.m. Monday.

Officials say she was last seen alive the previous night around 8 p.m. by a neighbor who saw her checking the mailbox.

A neighbor told investigators Hatcher was caring for the homeowner's dogs in his absence. The coroner's office says the injuries were consistent with an attack by an animal, possibly a dog or dogs.

The death remains under investigation by the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office.

An autopsy was ordered.