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Two fatal elephant attacks recorded in Namibia

The Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism (MEFT) this week expressed deep sorrow following two separate fatal elephant attacks on 17 June within the country.

The first incident involved the tragic death of Gert Van der Walt, a renowned professional hunter, during a hunting expedition.

The ministry identified the elephant involved as a problem-causing animal and issued a trophy hunting permit accordingly.

Van der Walt, known for his adherence to hunting ethics and his pivotal role in resolving human-wildlife conflicts, was highly respected within the conservation community.


Infant dies in stray dog attack in Telangana, India

Representational image.
Representational image.
A newborn boy died following an attack by stray dogs at Madipalli village of Thorrur mandal in the district on Tuesday.

A couple, D Venkanna and Renuka, along with their 42-day-old son had reached Renuka's maternal home at the village two days ago.

On Monday, Renuka made the child lie on a cot outside the house after feeding him and went into the house on a task. A few stray dogs then attacked the boy biting his ears and head causing bleeding injuries.

Hearing the child crying, Renuka rushed outside and drove the dogs away.

The child was rushed to MGM Hospital in Warangal, where he died early on Tuesday while undergoing treatment.

A pall of gloom descended on the village following the incident.

Cloud Precipitation

5 die in landslide in Assam, India - flood situation worsens in state with over 30 killed

The heavy rain in northeastern states has worsened the flood situation in Assam where more than 161,000 people have been affected in 15 districts. The heavy rain also caused a landslide in the Badarpur area of Karimganj district in which five people including a woman and her three daughters as well as a three-year-old boy were killed.

The landslide took place in Gainachora village on Tuesday night. The landslide deaths bring the total number of deaths in Assam to over 30 since Cyclone Remal made landfall in the state in May.

"Last night at about 12.45 am, information was received about a landslide in the Gainachora (Bendargool) village area under the Badarpur police station. Upon receiving the information, the officer-in-charge of Badarpur police station, along with his staff and SDRF personnel, rushed to the spot and carried out a rescue operation. After three hours, the rescue team recovered five bodies from the debris," said Mr Partha Protim Das, Superintendent of Police for Karimganj district.


It's almost summer, but that didn't stop the snow from falling in western Canada

A June snowfall might be a shock to some, but its not all bad news. The Weather Network's Connor O'Donovan has more.


Waterspout caught on video in Tulum, Mexico

A waterspout surprised visitors to the beaches of Tulum over the weekend, a characteristic phenomenon of the rainy season.

Kilometers away, tourists on the beach in Quintana Roo observed the gray funnel that connected with a cloud in the sea.

A video when the whirlwind seemed to connect the sky and the sea circulated on social media.

The phenomenon did not generate any inconvenience other than the amazement of the people who witnessed it.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 4 sheltering under tree in Madhya Pradesh, India

Lightning claimed four lives in Gwalior district on Tuesday evening. Another villager was severely injured.

These are the first pre-monsoon deaths in the state. The victims — Sushi Tiwari, 68, Brajbhan Parmar, 45, Hari Singh Kushwaha, 35, and Bali Kushwaha, 40 — were residents of Karahiya village, around 50km from Gwalior.

"They own some land near a canal around 2km from their village.On Tuesday evening, they had gathered there, along with the local patwari, for demarcation of land. It started raining and they took shelter under two jamun trees.

Unfortunately, lightning hit the tree, killing the four men on the spot," Bhitarwar subdivisional police officer Jitendra Nagaich told TOI. A fifth person, Uday Bhan, is in a critical condition in hospital, he added.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 2 shepherds in Andhra Pradesh, India

Two shepherds died after being struck by lightning, and two others were injured in Kurnool district on Sunday night.

According to the police, the deceased were identified as Kameshwari, 35, and Sunkanna, 47, residents of Ramalingayapalli village in Tuggali mandal.

The incident took place when they were grazing a herd of sheep in a nearby hill area.

Kameshwari and Sunkanna died on the spot while two other shepherds were injured in the incident.

The Tuggali police have registered a case and are investigating the matter.

Comment: Another strike killed 2 women workers 2 days later in the state of Kerala.


June blizzard blankets U.S. northwest peaks


Fresh snow is expected to fall from Oregon to Montana

While many Americans are cementing their plans for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, mountain peaks across the northwest are sporting a fresh coat of white.

Timberline Lodge, located on Mt. Hood, Oregon, reported a whopping seven inches of fresh snow had fallen by Sunday, June 16th, 2024. Check out photos captured on the resort's webcams below.

Timberline Lodge is the only ski resort still open for lift-served sliding in North America after Arapahoe Basin ended their season yesterday, June 16th, 2024.



Shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake off coast of Atiquipa, Peru

A very strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake occurred in the South Pacific Ocean near the coast of Peru, Sun, Jun 16, 2024 14:47 GMT.

The quake had a very shallow depth of 19.9 km (12 mi) and was felt widely in the area.

The shallow depth of the quake caused it to be felt more strongly near the epicenter than a deeper quake of similar magnitude would.

No significant damage or impact is expected from this quake and no particular alert was issued.

Arrow Down

Six killed in Ecuador as heavy rains trigger landslide

At least six people have been killed and 19 others injured in Ecuador after heavy rainstorms triggered a landslide.

The deadly mudslide occurred on Sunday in the city of Banos de Agua Santa in central Ecuador, according to a report by the National Secretariat for Risk Management.

The agency had initially reported that 30 more people were missing, but later said they had been located.

Videos and images online showed a flood of mud and debris charging down a hillside in Banos and surging over a highway. The authorities have mobilised heavy machinery to clear the roads.

The mayor of Banos, Miguel Guevara, urged residents to steer clear of treacherous roads and said authorities were racing to clear the area along the northern coast to ease the search for more victims.