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42 killed in Kenya after dam bursts following weeks of heavy flooding

People gather on the main road after a dam burst in Kamuchiri Village Mai Mahiu, Nakuru County, Kenya on April 29, 2024.
© APPeople gather on the main road after a dam burst in Kamuchiri Village Mai Mahiu, Nakuru County, Kenya on April 29, 2024.
The dam burst near Mai Mahiu in Nakuru county, washing away houses and cutting off a road, with rescuers digging through debris to find survivors.

"Forty-two dead, it's a conservative estimate. There are still more in the mud, we are working on recovery," said Nakuru governor Susan Kihika.

Monday's dam collapse raises the total death toll over the March-May wet season to 120 as heavier than usual rainfall pounds East Africa, compounded by the El Nino weather pattern.

Comment: Related: Death toll from floods rises to 78 in Kenya as over 130,000 displaced

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British tourist hospitalized after shark attack; Tobago closes several beaches

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© Encyclopaedia Britannica/Universal Images Group via Getty ImagesA shark attack on a British tourist in the southeastern Caribbean prompted the government of Trinidad and Tobago to close seven beaches and a marine park.
There were 69 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide last year

A shark attacked a British tourist on Friday in the southeastern Caribbean, prompting the government of Trinidad & Tobago to close seven beaches and a marine park. The man was hospitalized in an intensive care unit following the attack, officials said.

The closure included beaches along the northwestern coast of the island of Tobago. The attack occurred at Turtle Beach along Great Courland Bay.

The government said in a statement that shark sightings were reported in the Grafton area and the Buccoo Reef Marine Park. Officials said the closures will allow the Coast Guard and Department of Fisheries to investigate the incident and "neutralize the shark threat, if possible."

Shark attacks are rare. Last year, there were 69 unprovoked attacks and 22 provoked bites worldwide, along with 14 fatalities, according to the Florida-based International Shark Attack File.

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Ozone hole: Why Antarctic wildlife is being 'sunburnt'

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In BBC world, everything bad is due to climate change!
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For Antarctic wildlife, exposure to the Sun's damaging rays has increased in recent years, scientists say.

A hole in the ozone layer - the protective barrier of gas in the upper atmosphere - now lingers over the frozen continent for more of the year.

A major cause of ozone loss is believed to be the amount of smoke from unprecedented Australian wildfires, which were fuelled by climate change.
As we know, the 2019 drought was far from being unprecedented in SE Australia, the region worse affected, so climate change had no effect. Instead there is plenty of evidence that poor forestry management was the biggest factor.


'Mega-rare' bird spotted at Oregon's Hug Point is first sighting in U.S. history

Blue Rock-Thrush (philippensis)
Monticola solitarius philippensis
'Mega-rare' bird spotted at Oregon's Hug Point is first sighting in U.S. history.

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Death toll from floods rises to 78 in Kenya as over 130,000 displaced (UPDATE)

Residents of Ruaka in Nairobi, Kenya salvage properties after heavy rains which occurred in various parts of the country evening left roads and a number of homesteads flooded on April 23, 2024.
© Francis NderituResidents of Ruaka in Nairobi, Kenya salvage properties after heavy rains which occurred in various parts of the country evening left roads and a number of homesteads flooded on April 23, 2024.
The death toll from the ongoing floods in the country has hit 38, with the Kenya Red Cross now warning that the flood situation is moving from an emergency to a disaster level.

Over 60 families in Kirinyaga County have been rendered homeless after River Thiba burst its banks, leaving behind a trail of misery and destruction.

The affected residents were rudely woken up during the night by waters from the flooded river, forcing hundreds including children to spend the night in the cold after their homes were completely submerged. Property of unknown value was also destroyed by the floods.

"It is bad, it is a disaster. The people we find mostly getting affected are the people without alternatives, we are trying as much as possible with our teams to map out the populations at risk," Venant Ndhigila, Head of disaster Operations, Kenya Red Cross, said.

Comment: Update April 27

AFP reports:
Seventy-six people in Kenya have lost their lives to floods triggered by torrential monsoon downpours since March, the government said Saturday, warning residents "to brace for even heavier rainfall".

Kenya and its East African neighbours have been battered by stronger than usual rain in recent weeks, compounded by the El Nino weather pattern.

Flash floods have submerged roads and neighbourhoods, leading to the displacement of more than 130,000 people across 24,000 households, many of them in the capital Nairobi, government spokesman Isaac Mwaura said Saturday.

"We deeply regret to announce the tragic loss of an additional six lives in the last 12 hours bringing the total to 76," he said, adding that 29 Kenyans had suffered injuries and 19 been reported missing.

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Landslide strikes Therasia island near Santorini, Greece

A landslide struck the tiny island of Therasia (sometimes spelled Thirasia), situated near Santorini in the Greek Cyclades, on Saturday, according to reports. No injuries were reported, although several stores suffered considerable damage.

The incident took place just after 7 p.m. in Korfos, a settlement located on the eastern side of Therasia, serving as the port for the island's capital, Manolas.

Further details are currently unavailable.

Comment: The area was hit by a magnitude 4 earthquake 24 days prior.


Indonesia's Ibu volcano erupts, ash up to 3.5 km high

The Ibu volcano on Halmahera Island in the eastern Indonesian province of North Maluku erupted early Sunday, according to the country's Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG).

PVMBG reported that the volcano erupted at around 00:37 a.m. local time for about 206 seconds, throwing ash up to 3,500 meters above its peak.

Standing as high as 1,325 meters above sea level, Ibu volcano is classified as in the second danger level, below the highest level of IV.

PVMBG called on the public not to have activities within a radius of 3.5 kilometers from the crater.

Located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, Indonesia is one of the countries with the most volcanoes in the world.



Spectacular waterspout captured off beach in Riviera Maya, Mexico

A spectacular weather scene off a Xpu-Ha beach had sunbathers recording it with their phones. On Thursday afternoon, a massive waterspout made a brief appearance off the beach.

The beach, which is around 25 kilometers south of Playa del Carmen, had some mesmerized by the natural regional event that happens several times a year. A perfectly formed waterspout appeared to exist motionless above the sea while people watched from land.

The sudden formation of the spout, which is a whirling column of air and water, was seen around 2:00 p.m. and was captured on numerous videos. The development of the waterspout is believed related to the afternoon development of large cumulus clouds.

The waterspout remained at sea and did not cause any land damage, something that has happened in the past. In the summer of 2022, a fast moving waterspout developed over the sea off a Playa del Carmen beach.


Tornado kills 5 people, injures 33 in Guangzhou, China

A strong tornado hit Zhongluotan town
© Parker Zheng/China DailyA strong tornado hit Zhongluotan town, Baiyun district, Guangzhou city. Search and rescue operations at the scene have been largely completed, and post-disaster recovery and reconstruction efforts are underway in an orderly manner. Electricity facilities will be repaired and restored as quickly as possible.
At least five people were killed and 33 others injured when a tornado struck Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, on Saturday.

All the injured persons who were reported in the city's Baiyun district were promptly sent to the hospital for treatment, according to a statement released by Baiyun district government on Saturday night.

The search and rescue work has been basically completed as of Saturday night, it said.

The tornado, which was accompanied by downpours, thunder and lightning, also destroyed and damaged 141 factory and residential houses in the district, which was hardest hit by the extreme weather in the southern metropolis, the statement said.


A strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake shakes Indonesia's Java Island, felt in Jakarta

A strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook the southern part of Indonesia's main island of Java on Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of injury or significant property damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck 102 kilometers (63 miles) south of Banjar city at a depth of 68.3 kilometers (42.4 miles). There was no tsunami warning.

High-rises in the capital Jakarta swayed for around a minute and two-story homes shook strongly in the West Java provincial capital of Bandung and in Jakarta's satellite cities of Depok, Tangerang, Bogor and Bekasi. The quake was also felt in other cities in West Java, Yogyakarta and East Java province, according to Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency.

The agency warned of possible aftershocks.