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American tourist has leg bitten off by shark in Turks and Caicos Islands

Great white shark
An American tourist from Connecticut vacationing in Turks and Caicos had her leg bitten off by a shark while snorkeling near a resort.

The victim, who has not been identified, was in the waters off Blue Haven Resort on Providenciales Island around 3 p.m. Wednesday when she was attacked by a shark, according to a statement from the Royal Turks and Caicos Island Police Department.

Police got a 911 call from a resort staffer, reporting that the tourist had her leg bitten off and requesting an ambulance.

It was not immediately known how the seriously injured victim fought off the apex predator and made it back ashore.

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Lightning strike kills 2 laborers in Jharkhand, India


A lightning strike. (File)
Lightning killed two persons and injured two others in Palamu on Thursday.

The incident took place at Tenduwa Kalan under the Pansa panchayat where the four labourers were working when heavy rain accompanied by thunderstorm and lightning struck.

The two who were killed had taken refuge under a tree where they were struck by lightning. The other two were hit when they were running for a shed.

The deceased have been identified as Umesh (50) and Nakul (45).

One of the two injured, Sheoshankar Sao has been rushed to the MMCH Daltonganj as his condition was serious. The other injured, Ramjee, is undergoing treatment at the sub-divisional hospital Hussainabad.
BDO Prabhakar Ojha has confirmed the casualties.


Algeria - 2 dead after flash floods in 9 provinces

Flood damage in Algeria, May 2023.
© Civil Protection Algeria
Flood damage in Algeria, May 2023.
At least 2 people have died and dozens have been rescued or evacuated after flash floods in 9 provinces of Algeria from 24 May 2023.

Civil Protection teams carried out interventions including rescues and evacuations in the provinces of Algiers, Blida, Tébessa, Oum El Bouaghi, Tipaza, Boumerdes, El Tarf, Batna and Guelma. Houses were damaged or destroyed, vehicles swept from roads and transport severely disrupted.

In Guelma Province, a young person died in floodwaters in the municipality of Bou Hachana. Civil Protection rescued at least 30 people trapped by flood waters in the district of Héliopolis.

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Italy - Deadly flash floods in Campania Region

More torrential rain in Italy has caused further flooding, this time in the southwestern Campania Region, where at least one fatality was reported.

The flooding in Campania comes while the northern Emilia-Romagna Region begins a long recovery process following catastrophic flooding in which 15 people died and 36,000 were evacuated.

In the Campania Region, firefighters reported severe flooding in the municipalities of Forino and Montoro in the province of Avellino on 25 May 2023. In particular, the community of Celzi in Forino was severely impacted. Italy's Fire Department said teams carried out numerous interventions including rescuing or evacuating families from flooded homes.

Local Civil Protection said one person died after a vehicle was swept away by floods in Celzi. Assessments are ongoing but local officials said damages are considerable.


Winter returns: Mount Washington in New Hampshire covered in snow, ice ahead of Memorial Day weekend

The calendar says June arrives next week, but atop Mount Washington winter is making a comeback.

"Winter-like conditions have returned to the summit this morning with just over an inch of new snowfall and temperatures hovering in the 20s with stiff northerly winds adding a nip to the air," the Mount Washington Observatory posted Thursday. "The wintry weather continues today but improving conditions are expected in the days ahead."

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Lightning kills 18 people over 2 days in 10 districts of Bangladesh


A lightning strike. (File)
A total of 18 people have been killed and several others injured by lightning strikes in in separate incidents in 10 districts- Cox's Bazar, Patuakhali, Naogaon, Narsingdi, Pabna, Brahmanbaria, Kurigram, Sunamganj, Chandpur and Netrakona, on Tuesday and Wednesday.

TEKNAF, COX'S BAZAR: Two persons were killed by lightning strikes in separate incidents in Teknaf Upazila of the district on Wednesday morning.The deceased were identified as Rahmat Ullah, 40, a resident of Baharchhara Union, and Helaluddin, 20, a resident of Bainnapara area of the upazila.Baharchhara Union Parishad (UP) Chairman Amjad Hossain Khokon said farmer Rahmat Ullah was returning home in the morning. At that time, a lightning struck on him at around 11 am. He died on the spot, the UP chairman added.On the other hand, Helaluddin was killed by another lightning strike while he was catching fish in a water body.Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Teknaf Police Station (PS) Abdul Halim confirmed the incidents.

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Sinkhole opens up below car in El Paso, Texas

Sinkhole opens up below car in El Paso's Lower Valley

Sinkhole opens up below car in El Paso's Lower Valley
A sinkhole along Penjamo Drive near Socorro Road opened up Tuesday.

The front-end of an SUV went into the sinkhole at 9734 Penjamo Drive.

An El Paso fire spokesman stated two people fell into a sinkhole.

A police officer was able to help the induvial out of the hole

No injuries were reported.


Shallow magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes in Caribbean just off border between Panama and Colombia

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 struck Wednesday night in the Caribbean Sea just off the Panama-Colombia border, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

There was no immediate word on whether were any injuries or damage in the nearby areas, which are not densely populated.

The USGS said the quake was centered about 41 kilometers (25 miles) northeast of Puerto Obaldia, Panama. The epicenter was at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). An aftershock with a magnitude of 4.9 followed about 10 minutes after the original quake.


Strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake - Banda Sea, Indonesia

Earthquake details

Date & time May 24, 2023 15:49:34 UTC -
Local time at epicenter Thursday, May 25, 2023 at 1:19 am (GMT +9:30)
Status Confirmed
Magnitude 6.2
Depth 166.5 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude 6.9826°S / 129.5289°E (Banda Sea, Indonesia)

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Typhoon Mawar knocks out power, communications across most of Guam - 140 mph winds reported

Typhoon Mawar hits Guam with 140 mph winds as potentially 'catastrophic' storm

Typhoon Mawar hits Guam with 140 mph winds as potentially 'catastrophic' storm

Typhoon Mawar has knocked out most of the power and communications across the island of Guam.

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Typhoon Mawar hits Guam with 140 mph winds as potentially 'catastrophic' storm

A powerful typhoon taking aim at Guam could be the strongest tropical cyclone to impact the U.S. island territory in decades.

As of Wednesday 7:50 p.m. local time (5:50 a.m. ET), the eye of Typhoon Mawar was passing over or very near northern Guam with 140 mile per hour winds -- equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane. Mawar could make a rare landfall on Guam, which would mark the first time since 1976 that the island was directly hit by a Category 4 typhoon.

An earlier forecast projected Mawar to hit the island as a super typhoon packing winds as strong as 160 mph -- equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane.

Most of Guam was without power by Wednesday afternoon, with the island's energy grid providing electricity to only 1,000 of its approximately 52,000 customers due to Mawar's "severe adverse conditions," according to the Guam Power Authority.

"We were able to avoid a complete island-wide blackout when the system severed into two grids," the agency said in a statement. "We are working hard to maintain the last remaining customers through the storm which contributes to quicker recovery after the winds die down later tonight or in the early morning hours."
The National Weather Service has issued typhoon, extreme wind and flash flood warnings for Guam, which is the westernmost territory of the United States, located in Micronesia in the western Pacific Ocean.

Rainfall from Mawar could accumulate to as much as 20 inches on Guam, while the storm surge is forecast to reach as high as 25 feet. The typhoon was already producing waves up to 45 feet in the ocean near the island on Tuesday.

"Several inches of rain have already fallen," the NWS said in a bulletin on Wednesday. "Flash flooding is ongoing. Considerable flash flooding is likely, even for locations that do not normally flood."