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Third sinkhole in three days appears in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A warning to Kuala Lumpur drivers: a third sinkhole has appeared in the city center this week (albeit somewhat less impressive than its cohorts), this time along Jalan Dewan Bahasa Pustaka.

City hall (DBKL) officials have blamed the relatively small patch of collapsed pavement on burst underground water pipes.

DBKL took to their Facebook account to warn commuters of potential delays along the stretch of road leading towards the intersection of Jalan Loke Yew and Hang Tuah. Drivers wanting to get to Jalan Imbi have been advised to use the overpass while repairs are being carried out.

Three sinkholes have appeared throughout the city in as many days, with the first reported on Sunday night after it dramatically swallowed up a woman's Perodua Myvi as she drove near Stadium Merdeka. No one was injured in the incident, which left a three-meter hole along Jalan Maharajalela.

Comment: Woman in car swallowed by sinkhole in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Sudden Stratospheric Warming event to freeze Northern Hemisphere with huge ozone hole forming

Heavy snow in Austria
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Remnants of tropical storm Sebastian slam European Alps dropping five feet of snow and nine inches of rain. Sudden Stratospheric warming event to begin last week of November 2019 and run through first weeks of Jan 2020 dropping temperatures far below normal. During the SSW event a huge ozone hole will form over some of the same locations with extreme UV.

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Landslides during flooding and heavy rainfall kill at least 60 in Kenya (UPDATES)

The main road connecting the region between Lodwar and Kapenguria highway cut off

The main road connecting the region between Lodwar and Kapenguria highway cut off
The death toll in Pokot South landslide has risen to 24 after more bodies were recovered.

According to West Pokot County Commissioner Apollo Okello they can no longer continue with rescue operation because most bridges have been swept and it is still raining heavily.

He said many people could be trapped in the affected villages in Pokot South and Pokot Central.

Comment: Update: MENAFN reports on November 24:
Based on the local media, Kenyan officials on Saturday confirmed that 37 people had died as a result of landslides that hit northwestern county of West Pokot following heavy rainstorm on Friday night.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta sent condolences to the bereaved families in a statement, assuring that every missing person will be accounted for and measures put in place to prevent further loss of life.

Fred Matiang'I, cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government of Kenya said that rescue efforts were ongoing in the villages that were hit by massive landslides.

"Rescue and recovery efforts are being carried out by our security team and humanitarian agencies," said Matiang'i, adding that the government has assigned military and police choppers to improve recovery efforts at the scene.
Update: Al Jazeera reports on November 24:
The death toll from landslides in northwestern Kenya triggered by unusually heavy rains rose to at least 60 on Sunday, according to Kenyan authorities.

Downpours began on Friday in West Pokot county which borders Uganda and worsened overnight causing flooding and mudslides that swept away four bridges and left villages inaccessible by road.

An official from the West Pokot county government said 53 people died, mostly in mudslides. She said seven people were reported missing. The official requested anonymity because she was not authorised to speak to the media.

Officials say another five people were swept away while travelling in a car. Two other people were killed after they drowned when a river burst its banks.

"We have never experienced or encountered tragedies that we saw last night," West Pokot Governor John Krop Lonyangapuo told Al Jazeera.

At night it rained for over 12 hours," he added.

Peter Abwao from the Red Cross told Al Jazeera their teams at one point walked more than four hours to reach some villages in the county.

Rescue personnel were deployed including from the army and police to try and prevent the "further loss of lives", Kenya's president said.

"The national government has said it has sent multiple agents to help with the retrieval efforts, but so far the people we have spoken to have said they have not been able to reach ground because a lot of the bridges have been swept away," said Al Jazeera's Evelyn Kahungu reporting from West Pokot.

"Close to 5,000 families have been displaced by the flash floods", she added - and a "majority of those who died are believed to be buried in the rubble and mudslide".

Snowflake Cold

Solar minimum madness: Is this Thanksgiving a preview of the bitterly cold winter to come?

snow plow
This week, three major winter storms will batter most of the country with ice, snow and bitterly cold temperatures just in time for Thanksgiving. It is being projected that 55 million Americans will be traveling this week, and so this bizarre weather comes at a very bad time. But of course we have already seen a series of blizzards roar across the nation in recent weeks and hundreds of record cold temperatures have already been shattered and we are still about a month away from the official start of winter. Normally, it isn't supposed to be this cold or this snowy yet, but we don't live in "normal" times.

Scientists tell us that solar activity becomes very quiet during a "solar minimum", and when solar activity becomes very quiet we tend to have very cold winters. And in recent months solar activity has been very, very low. In fact, we haven't seen any sunspots at all "since November 2"...
We have not seen any sunspots since November 2, and at that time they were only visible for two days, and prior to that no sunspots since October 2.

Cloud Lightning

Four dead, one missing: ship sinks after being struck by lightning off of N. Sumatra

KM Restu Bundo was carrying a crew of seven when she was struck by lightning and sank on Thursday night.
© Shutterstock/File
KM Restu Bundo was carrying a crew of seven when she was struck by lightning and sank on Thursday night.
Four sailors have been found dead and one is missing after a ship sank off of Pini Island, South Nias regency, North Sumatra, last week. The ship was struck by lightning shortly before sinking.

The four victims, identified as Eno, 35, Meti, 40, Dar, 40 and Suparman, 40, were among seven crew members aboard KM Restu Bundo when she began to sink on Thursday evening.

Nias Safe and Rescue Agency (SAR) Post commander Sukroadi Sastra Wijaya said that Eno died on Friday after escaping the sinking ship and swimming to Pini Island.

After he reached shore, Eno succumbed to severe burns he sustained from the lightning strike.

The two other crewmen who swam with Eno, identified as Anto, 40, and Wak Kuru, 36, survived the accident.

Cloud Precipitation

9 killed by floods in Djibouti City after almost a year's worth of rain fell in 2 days


Flooded Djibouti
Nine people have died in floods in Djibouti City, capital of Djibouti, after almost a year's worth of rain fell in 2 days. The Government of Djibouti has declared a state of emergency.

News and information agency Agence Djiboutienne d'Information (ADI) said that 140 mm of rain fell in 48 hours to 21 November, 2019. According to WMO figures, average yearly rainfall in the city is around 164 mm.

Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) reported that 9 people have died and 30,000 families have been affected. Flooding has damaged buildings and infrastructure. According to ADI, fatalities include five members of the same family who died when their house collapsed during the heavy rain. The tragedy occurred in Balbala, a southern suburb of Djibouti City, located west of the river Ambouli.

The European Union activated its Copernicus emergency mapping service and one delineation map has already been produced. A DG ECHO regional rapid response expert has been deployed to Djibouti.


Still more huge November snowfalls in the Alps - up to 5 feet in 72 hours

It has been another weekend of massive November snowfalls in the Alps, with ski areas reporting up to 1.5 metres (five feet) more snow in the past 72 hours.

The most intensive snowfall was in the Southern Alps, along the French/Italian border, although there was snowfall almost everywhere again, as well as more snow in Bulgaria, the Dolomites, Pyrenees and Scandinavia.

The Italian ski centre of Limone reported nearly 1.5m (five feet) of snow and there was 95cm (just over three feet) for Prato Nevoso - where the pictures used in this report were taken yesterday.

Other areas reporting at least 50cm of fresh snow includes Montgenevre, Sestriere, Sauze d'Oulx, Tignes and Isola 2000 in France and Saas Fee in Switzerland - which already had its full 1800 metres of vertical open with a 9km descent - the biggest in the world to open so far.


The struggle is real for farmers this season

Corn in Nelson County, N.D., in November 2019
© Mark Huso
Corn in Nelson County, N.D., in November 2019
In recent years, through social media you can easily find a hashtag for "struggle is real."

I'm certain no other industry can share in that more than the farmers that continue the 2019 harvest. Last month, I shared about the heavy snow much of our region received. Now we deal with the effects, and all are negative.

Before and after. Prior to the snow, our area of northeast North Dakota was looking at a good edible bean harvest. Pinto beans were averaging anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 pounds per acre. After the snow, many yields are 1,000 to 1,800 pounds per acre. Soybeans were also doing well before the snow with yields above 40 and some even 50 bushels. After the snow, with many beans lodged from the storm, snowbanks built up, and water/ice ponding kept yields around 30 bushels and some below that.

Canola has also seen significant yield hits after the snow with plants laying flat on the ground now increasing harvest loss and greatly slowing down harvest efficiency. Sunflowers that have had to stay in the field are suffering now from sclerotinia head rot. Yields are 50% of what the potential looked like.

Cloud Precipitation

At least six dead as Europe battered by storms, floods and a landslide

The A6 bridge near Savona Italy was swept away by a huge landslip on Sunday
The A6 bridge near Savona Italy was swept away by a huge landslip on Sunday
Six people have been killed following a weekend of storms, floods and a landslide across parts of Europe.

In France and Italy, torrential rain killed four people and left one missing after it caused flooding and a landslide that swept away a motorway viaduct.

Meanwhile, thunderstorms and strong winds in western Greece led to the deaths of two people who were aboard a boat moored next to a pier in Antirio.

Two French departments were still under Meteo France amber weather warnings on Sunday night, while flood sirens sounded once again in waterlogged Venice.

In Greece, the country's meterological service said the extreme conditions would dissipate as the storms moved further east by Monday.

The rain was the latest in a two-week wave of extreme weather in the region.

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Woman in car swallowed by sinkhole in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A Myvi was swallowed by a sinkhole in the heart of Kuala Lumpur on Nov 25

A Myvi was swallowed by a sinkhole in the heart of Kuala Lumpur on Nov 25
It's not every day a giant hole opens up in the ground to swallow us whole, but it would scare most people to think about the injuries an incident like that could cause.

On Sunday (Nov 25), a woman in Kuala Lumpur was fortunate to escape unscathed, after her yellow Perodua Myvi fell into a sinkhole that opened up in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

According to Bernama, the 42-year-old woman was driving along Jalan Maharajalela in the direction of Jalan Loke Yew when a sinkhole opened up on the road.

Citing Kuala Lumpur Traffic Enforcement and Investigation head ACP Zulkefly Yahya, the state news agency reported that the ground sunk in at around 11.35pm on Sunday, causing the car to fall in head first.