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Torrential rains trigger flooding across Taiwan - 60mm of rainfall in an hour

Motorcycles partly submerged in floodwaters are pictured on Nanshan Road in Taoyuan’s Lujhu District on Monday.
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Motorcycles partly submerged in floodwaters are pictured on Nanshan Road in Taoyuan’s Lujhu District on Monday.
Torrential rains triggered flooding in many parts of Taiwan on Monday night, but no serious injuries were reported.

Flooding was reported in 16 locations in Tayouan as of midnight, after a large amount of rain fell in a relatively short duration, the Taoyuan Department of Water Resources said.

The situation in Lujhu District (蘆竹) was the most severe, with floodwaters reaching knee-high by 9:30pm, the department said.

The Taoyuan City Government issued a level 3 flood alert at 10:30pm, but lowered it at 2am yesterday after the rain weakened, it said.

Yangmei District (楊梅) on Monday received 60mm of rain in an hour, while five other districts received 40mm of rain, the department said.


Attention

Two hikers killed in 'wall of water' flash flood at Utah canyon

Gary York and John Walter killed by flash flooding in Utah canyon

Gary York and John Walter killed by flash flooding in Utah canyon
Two hikers were found dead after a flash flood swept them away and carried their bodies for miles along a Utah Canyon, say officials.

Gary York, 65, and John Walter, 72, were killed in Buckskin Gulch after they were "caught by surprise and swept away by the rushing wall of water," according to Kane County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities say that the alarm was raised on 21 May when a group hiking the Paria River found a dead male in the canyon, just over the border in Arizona.

The male had no identification on him so deputies began looking for vehicles at trailheads in the area to try and work out who the victim was.


Attention

Humpback whale remains wash ashore near Carpinteria, California

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The director of the Channel Islands Cetacean Research Unit (CICRU) pronounced like "sea crew" said a juvenile humpback whale washed ashore on Padaro Beach.

After beachgoers spotted it in the water on Saturday, Heal the Ocean gave whale expert Michelle Kowalewski a call.

She went to take a closer look during low tide on Monday morning.

"It didn't look like there was evidence of human interaction, we didn't see any evidence of ship strike or anything like that, so we may never know what happened to the animal actually," said Kowalewski, who has researched hundreds of whales.


Attention

A 23-year-old man had his arm amputated after he was attacked by a 10-foot-long alligator outside a Florida bar

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) said a nuisance alligator trapper removed the 10.5-foot gator (pictured here) from the property. It was then euthanized

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) said a nuisance alligator trapper removed the 10.5-foot gator (pictured here) from the property. It was then euthanized
A 23-year-old had his arm amputated after he was attacked by a 10.5-foot-long alligator outside a bar in Port Charlotte, Florida, early on Sunday, authorities said.

The victim was bitten while standing outside Banditos Bar, which is situated next to a pond, per The Daily Sun.

The local newspaper reported that emergency services were called to the bar at around 1:42 a.m., citing Charlotte County Fire and EMS spokesperson Todd Dunn.

The victim was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Fort Myers, where his arm was amputated, Dunn said, per the Associated Press.

Snowflake

Raining and snowfall reported in Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan for 3 consecutive days - snow accumulated up to a meter deep

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It has been raining in Issyk-Kul for three consecutive days and snowfalls have been reported in remote parts of the region, Turmush reports.

Bakyt Barktabasov, the head of the Issyk-Kul regional department of the Road Department under the Ministry of Transport and Communications, reported that the Bokonbaeva-Tosor-Jyluu-Suu road is currently covered in snow. The Tosor Pass, in particular, has seen snow accumulate up to a meter in certain areas.


Snowflake

Snowfall on the verge of summer in the Sierra Nevada, southern Spain

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In the coming days, significant accumulations of snow are expected in the higher areas of the mountains, after being almost absent in the first part of the spring.


Attention

Three persons killed in two separate gaur (bison) attacks in Kerala, India

Forest officials suspect that the bison that killed

Forest officials suspect that the bison that killed two elderly persons in Kanamala near Erumeli on Friday might have entered the human settlement to avoid poachers.
Three persons were killed on Friday morning in two different incidents of gaur attack at Erumeli and Anchal in Kottayam and Kollam districts respectively, police said. Chackochan (70) and Thomas (71) were killed at Erumely after a gaur, which ventured into a rubber plantation near here, attacked them at around 8 AM.

A senior forest official told PTI that Thomas, who was engaged in rubber tapping inside the plantation which was near the forest area, was attacked first by the gaur.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills man in Deltona, Florida

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A lightning strike. (File)
A man reportedly lost his life after being struck by lightning while working on a roof in Deltona, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

The incident occurred on Sterling Pointe Drive, prompting response from local authorities.

Co-workers reported to officials that the man was on the roof of a house when a lightning bolt hit him, causing him to fall to the ground below.

The victim, identified as 24-year-old Edvin J. Velasquez Cinto, was taken to a nearby hospital, but was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

Officials say preliminary investigations indicate that the cause of death was likely a lightning strike, although a formal determination will be made by the medical examiner.


Seismograph

Shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake off New Caledonia

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted 288 km E of Vao, New Caledonia at 06:41:58 GMT on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 12.143 km, was initially determined to be at 22.9987 degrees south latitude and 170.2882 degrees east longitude.

Attention

More dead dolphins found along the beach in South Jersey

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More dead marine mammals continue to be found along the New Jersey shoreline.

Data suggests it's happening at a much faster rate than in previous years.

It was Sunday morning when Lisa Strano was walking her dog and saw yet another dolphin stranded on the beach in Sea Isle City.

"It was completely motionless. It was clearly dead," said Strano.