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Severe floods hit Uberlândia, Brazil

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(Translated from Brazilian Portuguese): A heavy rain that fell early tonight (8) in Uberlândia (MG), located in the Triângulo Mineiro, left the city with several flooding points. The Santa Monica neighborhood and the center were the most affected places. Drivers had their cars stopped because of flooding on public roads and some vehicles were driven by the current. Teams from the Civil Defense, the Fire Department and the Military Police (PM) were called in to respond to the occurrences.

Earlier, the Civil Defense issued an alert and confirmed that the city is on yellow alert due to the forecast of heavy rains. In case of emergency situations, residents should call the Fire Department (193), PM (190) or the agency itself (199). On Saturday (5), the city was also hit by a thunderstorm.


Attention

French rescue helicopter crashes in the Alps during bad weather, killing 5

This picture taken on Dec. 9, 2020, shows houses and a church under snow at the entrance of Bonvillard, France, where a helicopter crash left five dead with only the pilot surviving but badly wounded.
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This picture taken on Dec. 9, 2020, shows houses and a church under snow at the entrance of Bonvillard, France, where a helicopter crash left five dead with only the pilot surviving but badly wounded.
Five people were killed when a rescue helicopter crashed in poor weather in the French Alps Tuesday.

The Eurocopter EC135 was flying at an altitude of about 5,900 feet when it came down near the town of Bonvillard, about 10 miles from Albertville in the Savoie area of the French Alps, according to a government news release.

Local authorities said weather conditions were particularly bad at the time, the Associated Press reported. It was overcast with low cloud ceilings and some snow was falling in the area Tuesday night, according to weather.com meteorologists.

Six people were on board, including the pilot, a pilot in training, two rescue personnel and two winch operators, according to the BBC.


Attention

4 killed, 3 injured in bear attack in Chhattisgarh, India

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Four people, including two women, were killed in a bear attack in Koriya district of Surguja division in Chhattisgarh, officials said on Monday.

The bear attacked the villagers when they were returning from a nearby jungle on Sunday evening after which the district administration, police and forest department launched a rescue operation, which went on till late night.

"A group of local tribals of Angwahi village were returning home after collecting forest produce from the jungle when a bear attacked them. Four of them were killed while some people climbed on trees. We got information and launched a rescue operation inside the jungle. During the rescue operations, four bodies were recovered and the rescue team managed to save a person who climbed a tree. Three others who were injured in the attack were also rescued by the team," Inspector General of Police, Surguja Range, Ratanlal Dangi told HT.


Cloud Lightning

More than 200,000 lightning strikes recorded across Mackay, Australia

Incredible shades of purple were captured in the lightning storm around Mackay.
© Marty Strecker
Incredible shades of purple were captured in the lightning storm around Mackay.
A terrific light show overnight has given the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday region a vibrant kick-off to the storm season.

Ergon Energy said more than 200,000 lightning strikes were recorded across the region since Tuesday afternoon.

"Mackay and surrounds ... in a 100-kilometre radius it was more than 76,500 lightning strikes," spokeswoman Emma Oliveri said.


Moranbah recorded 35,000 and Airlie Beach clocked up 30,000.


Cloud Precipitation

Floods after heavy rainfall leave 18 dead in Democratic Republic of Congo

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Heavy rainfall in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) in early December 2020 caused deadly flooding in the city of Mbanza-Ngungu in Kongo Central Province in the western part of the country.

Radio Okapi reported 13 people died after torrential rain and strong winds overnight, 01 to 02 December, 2020. Four people were injured and several houses were destroyed or severely damaged. Five further fatalities were reported from 02 to 03 December after flooding in other areas of the city.

Deadly flooding affected eastern parts of the country in late November in South and North Kivu provinces.

More recently, heavy rainfall was reported in the capital, Kinshasa, with 69mm of rain falling in 24 hours to 07 December 2020.


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Extremely rare winter tornado hits Trieste, Italy

Trieste tornado
© YouTube/Matej Tratnik (screen capture)
"Today, on Dec 7th, 2020, an intense supercell storm rolled across the North Adriatic Sea and produced a tornado that hit the Port of Trieste city, Italy in the evening hours. Severe weather with large hail and damaging winds blasted across the Slovenian coast, and also the city of Trieste itself," reports Severe Weather Europe.

"Call it rare, historic, or whatever possible, the event is extremely rare! Lets us repeat... it is December 7th, a winter month and the Adriatic Sea and the city of Trieste are located in central Europe."


Attention

Whale shark washes up in Bali, Indonesia - 2nd in recent months

Whale sharks are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
© BPSPL Denpasar
Whale sharks are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
A whale shark washed ashore Candidasa Beach, Karangasem regency and was pronounced dead upon discovery, authorities said, making this the second time in recent months that a member of the species was found in Bali.

The Coastal and Marine Resources Management Center (BPSPL) in Denpasar said that the whale shark was found by local residents at 5am on Sunday. A team from the center was then dispatched to the location, wherein they proceeded to move the carcass to Bugbug Beach for burial, as Candidasa was determined to be too rocky to do so.

The whale shark, a female, was estimated to be around 5 meters long and weighed about 1 ton. Authorities said there was bleeding around the whale shark's mouth due to suspected collision with coral reefs, and that it had died only a few hours before it was found.


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Historic levels of snow falls in parts of the Alps - up to 3 meters, with another meter forecast

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Up to 3m has fallen in parts of Italy and Austria. The huge storm started on Friday and though it has eased, it is still falling in places with a further 1m expected.

Winter has struck with a vengeance in some parts of the Dolomites in Italy and in southern Austria.

Here is the snow coming down in Madonna di Campiglio:


Comment: View more videos: Winter storm dumps up to 2 meters of snowfall in the Alps causing problems, with another meter forecast


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Large tornado hits Sakaka, Saudi Arabia - one of the largest ever documented in the region

A combo image shows a tornado moving through the desert in Sakaka, Saudi Arabia.

A combo image shows a tornado moving through the desert in Sakaka, Saudi Arabia.
A massive tornado has been spotted in Sakaka in the northwestern region of Saudi Arabia.

Sakaka is the capital of Al Jawf Province.

Experts said it was one of the largest tornadoes ever documented in the region.

A video circulating on social media showed a tornado violently moving through the desert.

Authorities have urged citizens to stay away from the valleys and open areas due to unstable weather.

According to Professor of Climate Change and Department of Geography at Qassim University, Dr Abdullah Al-Misnad, "The tornado, which formed southeast of Al-Jawf is one of the largest hurricanes that has been documented with pictures in Saudi Arabia."


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Severe floods, rain and heavy snowfall hit many regions of Italy - town of Barcis gets 30 inches of rainfall

Severe weather including heavy rainfall and flooding affected parts of Italy from 04 December.

Severe weather including heavy rainfall and flooding affected parts of Italy from 04 December.
Wide areas of Italy have seen severe weather including strong winds, heavy snow and rain since 04 December. Evacuations have been carried out after flooding in Emilia-Romagna and Veneto Regions. Media report at least 2 weather-related fatalities.

As of 06 December, Italy's Ministry of the Interior reported that the regions of Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Emilia-Romagna, Piemonte, Lombardy and Tuscany were all severely affected.

Italy's fire service, Vigili del Fuoco, said it had carried out 2,500 interventions between 05 and 07 December, including 1,000 in Veneto, 300 in Emilia-Romagna, 150 in Friuli Venezia Giulia. As many as 245 people were rescued either by boat or helicopter on 06 December. Fatalities have been reported as a result of severe weather in Lombardy and the southern region of Basilicata.