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5 killed by flood while praying in a cave in Rwanda

Floods have killed five believers who were praying in a cave located in Nyamagabe District, southwestern Rwanda.

According to local leaders who confirmed the tragedy, there were 11 people in the cave praying at the time the incident happened.

"So far we have retrieved the bodies of the five who died;
they included men and women mainly from Nyanza district," said Bonavanture Uwamahoro, District mayor

According to local sources, members of the prayer group are from Nyamagabe and Nyanza districts in south western district.


Signs and Portents: Goat gives birth to kid with 2 heads, 3 eyes in Kerala, India

Two-headed kid

Two-headed kid
In a bizarre incident, a goat gave birth to a two-headed kid here the other day. The goat kid has three eyes. The goat is owned by Kanjikkuzhi Churulippathal native Kuttiyachan.

The kid was taken out with the help of a veterinary doctor. Though the goat kid seems to be healthy at present, it is being fed milk with a feeding bottle.

Dr Gladis Vembally of Kanjikkuzhi veterinary hospital said that the double-headed kid is born due to genetic disorder and the kid is not likely to survive more than a month.

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Sinkhole 30 feet deep opens up in Charlotte, North Carolina

Crews are monitoring a huge sinkhole that opened up between two homes in northwest Charlotte Sunday night, police said.

Officials were called to the scene on Cub Creek Lane near Capps Hollow Drive just before 8 p.m.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said the sinkhole was about 15 feet wide and 30 feet deep.

Neighbors said they heard a loud bang and then saw parts of the yard falling in. Authorities said no one was hurt.

Bizarro Earth

Beaches to disappear once again!

Disappearing Beaches
They also disappeared in 1987.

Where's the Beach?


The strange case of Antarctica's snow turning blood red

Blood Snow
© Andriy Zotov
Streaks of red algae coat the Antarctic ice in "blood snow."
A strange phenomenon variously dubbed by scientists as "watermelon," "raspberry," and "blood" snow has affected part of Antarctica. Here the normally white landscape has been transformed into a variegated red. How has this happened?

The first appearance of the 'red' snow was reported by Smithsonian Magazine, occurring during late February 2020. This was later confirmed by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, with the images taken close to Ukraine's Vernadsky Research Base (Galindez Island).

The following video provides a scan of the red snow:

The reason for the red snow relates to algal habitat blooming following the onset of melting.
The patterns for snow algal shows diversity, in terms of growth patterns and pigmentation (pigmentation is due to the production of carotenoids).


Blood-red snow appears at Ukrainian polar station in Antarctic

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2 separate avalanches kill 6 people in Austria

An avalanche killed five people on a snowshoeing tour in the Dachstein region of Austria on Sunday, police said.

The five people were believed not to be Austrian, but their identities were still under investigation, a spokeswoman for police in Upper Austria province said.

Broadcaster ORF said on its website that initial indications were the five young victims came from the Czech Republic.

A search has ended and found no more victims, police said.

Source: Reuters

Comment: A sixth person was also killed in the same country by a separate avalanche on the same day.


Spring arriving earlier across the US throwing wildlife into disarray

trout lily
© Katja Schulz/Wikipedia, CC
Yellow trout lily flowers nearly a week earlier now than in previous decades in the Appalachian Mountains.
Across much of the United States, a warming climate has advanced the arrival of spring. This year is no exception. In parts of the Southeast, spring has arrived weeks earlier than normal and may turn out to be the warmest spring on record.

Comment: An early and warm spring does not equal a warming climate, because the US and much of the planet are also breaking numerous cold records.

Apple blossoms in March and an earlier start to picnic season may seem harmless and even welcome. But the early arrival of springtime warmth has many downsides for the natural world and for humans.

Rising temperatures in the springtime signal plants and animals to come alive. Across the United States and worldwide, climate change is steadily disrupting the arrival and interactions of leaf buds, cherry blossoms, insects and more.

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Cloud Precipitation

10 drown as flash flood washes away 4 buses in Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan

flash flood
At least ten people were drowned as four passenger buses swept away by flooding in Dera Ghazi Khan on Wednesday.

According to rescue sources, the incident took place in the Sakhi Sarwar area of Dera Ghazi Khan where heavy rains caused severe flooding.

Sources further added that the floodwater from the hill suddenly struck at an alarming velocity and swept away the buses.

According to police, a dead body and seven survivors have been retrieved from the flooding torrent on Wednesday morning.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 3, injure 5 in 2 districts of Bangladesh

Three people, including two stone traders, were killed and five others injured in lightning strikes in Sylhet and Gaibandha districts on Friday.

In Sylhet, five stone traders were severely injured as a thunderbolt struck them in Anforer Banker area in Gowainghat upazila in the early hours when they took shelter in a tin-shed house.

All of them were taken to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital where doctors declared two of them dead, said Atikuzzaman Junel, sub-inspector of Gowainghat Police Station.

The deceased were identified as Noor Mia, 35, and Moyna Mia, 24, son of Israil Ali of Birmongol Noapara village.

Comment: On the same day lightning strikes killed 2 people in Uttar Pradesh, India.


Woman killed by pack of dogs in Washington County, Florida

dog attack
A resident of Home Sweet Home, an assisted living facility in Washington County, about 8 miles south of Chipley, Fla., died after being mauled by a pack of dogs earlier this week.

Washington County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call in reference to a dog attack just after 4 p.m., Tuesday afternoon. Upon arrival, deputies found the victim severely injured on the side yard of an adjoining property.

EMS responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital, where she later succumbed to her injuries.