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Floods in India's Assam force a million from their homes

Heavy flooding triggered by monsoon rains has forced more than a million people to flee their homes in the northeast Indian state of Assam, authorities said on Monday, warning that the crisis was becoming more critical by the hour.

The Brahmaputra River, one of the largest rivers in the world which flows from Tibet into India and then into Bangladesh, burst its banks in Assam over the weekend, inundating more than 2,000 villages, and it was still raining on Monday.

"Two people have died in separate incidents of drowning in the past 24 hours and more than one million people have been affected, with the flood situation turning critical by the hour," a state government flood bulletin said.

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Boy killed after being dragged by crocodile into river in Odisha, India

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Representational Image
In a man-animal conflict a life was lost in Malkangiri district when a minor boy was killed after a full-grown crocodile attacked and dragged him into the Sileru river in Chitrakonda here.

According to sources, the incident occurred on Saturday when a crocodile reportedly dragged him into the river, while he was roaming near the river bank.

However, the mutilated body, that is missing the legs and the hands, was spotted in the river today morning.

The family said that the minor boy was killed in crocodile attack.


Grizzly bear attacks federal biologist in Montana

A grizzly bear has attacked a federal biologist during a surprise encounter at a research site in Montana's Centennial Valley.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesperson Joseph Szuszwalak said the biologist, who was not named, was treated for serious bite wounds Wednesday before being released from a hospital in Rexburg, Idaho, the Missoulian reported.

The biologist heard a noise in the brush while monitoring a sage grouse research project and saw two grizzly bears less than 100 yards (300 feet) away, Szuszwalak said. One bear stood up while the other charged.

Cloud Precipitation

Severe storm rips through southwestern Manitoba causing flooding

Manitoba storm
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A severe storm ripped through southwestern Manitoba Sunday evening, causing flooding and damage in and around the Brandon area.

Around 4 p.m. a tornado warning was issued in the Minnedosa area, however the warning ended shortly after.

Environment and Climate Change Canada said it's too early to say whether a tornado touched down in the area. Meteorologist Sara Hoffman told CTV News Environment Canada received reports of damage near Rapid City.

Hoffman said conditions were favourable for producing a tornado, but couldn't say yet whether one had occurred. She said Environment Canada will have to comb through data and damage in order to make that determination.


A mysterious radiation spike detected over Europe

© Lassina Zerbo/Twitter
A mysterious increase in radiation levels over northern Europe was detected this month by authorities from several countries, although no nation has yet come forward to claim responsibility for the anomaly.

The subtle radiation spike - at levels that are considered harmless to humans, but significant enough to be picked up by radiation monitoring stations - began to make headlines last week, with European authorities announcing new readings of human-made radionuclide particles in the atmosphere.

"Very low levels of the radioactive substances cesium-134, cesium-137, cobalt-60 and ruthenium-103 were measured," the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority tweeted on Tuesday.

"The levels measured are so low that they pose no danger to people or the environment."

Similar observations were also made by radiation protection authorities in Norway and Finland.

Later in the week, Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation, tweeted a map outlining the possible source region of the anomaly, most of which was territory inside Russia, but also parts of Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.

Cloud Precipitation

Hundreds of cars stranded by floodwater in Kota Belud, Malaysia

A truck is partially submerged by flood waters in Kota Belud June 28, 2020.

A truck is partially submerged by flood waters in Kota Belud June 28, 2020.
Hundreds of cars are stranded at Kota Belud main roundabout, about 74 kilometres from here, after vehicles bound towards the district from both Kota Kinabalu and Kota Belud directions, cannot pass through the road due to flood, following heavy rain in the state since yesterday.

Sabah Fire and Rescue Department assistant director of operations, Misran Bisara said vehicles from Kota Kinabalu were stranded as far as three kilometres from the roundabout, which was the main entrance into the district.

"Similarly vehicles from Kota Belud, could not go out because the roads were inundated," he said when contacted by Bernama here, today.


Locust swarm INVADES tech & financial hub outside India's capital

© AFP / Sanjay Kanojia
Footage shows a massive swarm of locusts invading the Indian city of Gurugram, located just southwest of New Delhi. The cloud of insects is a rare sight in the city - a posh financial and technology hub.

The locusts descended upon the streets of Gurugram on Saturday, flying in a large, cloud-like mass and resting upon anything they pleased. The invasion was anticipated, and the local authorities urged residents to close their doors and windows beforehand.

Videos show thousands of desert locusts flying around, making the entire scene blurry.


Severe flooding leaves 3 dead, 12 missing in southwest China

Three people died and 12 are missing after overnight rainstorms caused severe flooding in southwestern China.

Two vehicles fell into a river, killing two people and leaving three others unaccounted for, according to the Mianning county government in Sichuan province.

Another person was killed and nine more are missing in Yihai township, the county said in a post on its social media account.

Mianning is about 280 kilometers (175 miles) southwest of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan.


'Terrifying tornado': Flooding and roofs lifted in Auckland wild weather

NZ tornado damage
© Caleb Paterson
Tornado caused widespread damage in Dairy Flat overnight.
A tornado has hit south Auckland, causing major structural damage to industrial buildings in East Tamaki.

Fire and Emergency shift manager Craig Dally said ten fire trucks were sent to the area to assess damage.

Roofs have also been ripped off houses in the area.

There are no reports of any injuries.

This morning's tornado comes after some residents were terrified overnight.

Wind and rain caused flooding, lifted roofs and uprooted trees across Auckland.

The fierce winds led Dairy Flat residents in the city's north to take to Facebook with reports of a tornado ripping through the area.


Lava spews from Guatemala's Pacaya volcano

Pacaya Volcano

Pacaya Volcano
Guatemala's Pacaya Volcano erupted on Friday, June 19, spewing lava and ash into the air.

The country's National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) confirmed the volcano emitted a continuous flow of lava and explosions on Friday and said it would continue to monitor the situation. No injuries or damage were reported.

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