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Severe dust storm engulfs Uzbekistan, the worst in recorded history for country

Tamerlane gets a bath.
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Tamerlane gets a bath.
A severe sand and dust storm - the worst since meteorological records began - has struck Uzbekistan.

On the evening of November 4, a haze engulfed Tashkent and most other areas, with the exception of the most northerly region, as a cold front swept in and a strong wind blew sand and dust across the country.

"Under the influence of gusts of wind, the parched upper layer of soil rose up, creating the effect of a dust and sand haze, with a deterioration in visibility to 100-200 meters in a number of districts in the country," Uzbekistan's meteorological service, known as Uzgidromet, told Gazeta.uz.

It also confirmed a popular belief that Uzbekistan's construction boom had exacerbated the situation.

"Of course, large-scale construction works, which are under way in many regions of the country, made their contribution to the emergence of this phenomenon, inasmuch as they generate very large amounts of gritty materials."

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Western Jamaica lashed by heavy rainfall triggering widespread flooding

Heavy rain causing flooded roadways in St James
Heavy rain causing flooded roadways in St James
The National Works Agency (NWA) has begun to assess the damage to the road network in western Jamaica after sustained heavy rainfall lashed that section of the island between Sunday afternoon and yesterday morning, triggering widespread flooding and damage to infrastructure.

Several roads in St James, Hanover, and Westmoreland, including some which were recently rehabilitated, were rendered impassable either because of a build-up or debris or as a result of the road surface being eroded by floodwaters, which also damaged homes and farms in several communities.

Montego Bay Mayor Leeroy Williams was thankful that the St James Municipal Corporation did not have to activate any of its emergency shelters despite some homes being inundated.

"We have a crew down in the Unity Hall area, which has been badly affected in terms of debris on the roadway and we have dispatched heavy equipment to King Street area, which has been affected by a land slippage," Williams said yesterday. "We are monitoring the situation and we are prepared to take whatever action we deem necessary."

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Heavy downpours dampen olive harvest outlook in Greece

While olive growers and producers are preparing for the upcoming harvesting season in Greece, several of the country's most productive regions have been battered by heavy downpours and gusts of wind.

Severe damage, including flooded groves, broken olive trees and drupes destroyed by hail, was reported by producers in the Ionian islands, parts of the central mainland, Crete, the western Peloponnese and the Halkidiki peninsula in the north.
The recent gales and torrential rains that swept our area caused excessive destruction, hardly leaving any fruits on many of our olive trees.

- Nikolaos Kalliafas, olive grower in Aetolia-Acarnania


Boy dies after dog attack at house in Caerphilly, Wales

Caerphilly dog attack: Eight stone pitbull 'that killed 10-year-old boy' pictured

Caerphilly dog attack: Eight stone pitbull 'that killed 10-year-old boy' pictured
A 10-year-old boy has died following reports of a dog attack near Caerphilly in Wales.

Gwent Police said they were called to an address in Pentwyn, Penyrheol, at around 3.55pm on Monday and confirmed the child had died at the scene.

The dog was destroyed by firearms officers and no other animals were involved in the attack, the force said.

Chief Superintendent Mark Hobrough said: "Officers will be making further enquiries at this time and will remain at the scene as the investigation progresses.

"It is possible that you may see ongoing police activity in Caerphilly as part of this work.

Comment: This is the 3rd such fatality due to a canine attack in 4 days and also the 11th in 36 days:


6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes south of Nicaragua

The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 has struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Nicaragua.

The quake, at a moderate depth of 35 kilometers (22 miles) occurred at 12:25 a.m. local time Tuesday. The epicenter was 61.4 kilometers (38.1 miles) south of Masachapa and a few miles further south of the municipality of San Rafael del Sur.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties and no tsunami warning was issued.

Source: AP


Early snowfall in Morocco



Early snowfall hits Algeria


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Violent rainstorm and strong torrents sweep over Oman

A terrible rainstorm, strong winds and strong torrents sweep the Wilayat of Shinas, Musandam! Oman

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Violent hailstorm causes deep accumulations of hail in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi media published images of the Al-Namas governorate north of the Saudi capital in white, documenting cold, heavy rain and low air temperatures of 4 degrees Celsius.

The weather condition prompted residents and visitors to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the severe cold covering some parts of the province and the rain lovers to flock to the place to monitor the situation.

The Saudi newspaper, Sup, reported that competent officers were deployed on the roads to alert motorists and deal with any emergencies.

It is noteworthy that al-Namas and all the southwestern highlands of the kingdom were subjected to unstable weather on Sunday afternoon, which led to thickening of clouds, rain and severe cold.

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21cm of rain in a night floods several localities of Chennai, India

Incessant rain since Saturday night inundated many parts of Chennai, evoking memories of the 2015 deluge. The city registered 21.53cm of rainfall, on Saturday night; on Nov 16, 2015, the city received 24.6cm rainfall.

The downpour inundated several areas and halted train services, while motorists and pedestrians faced a tough time as several interior roads were waterlogged.

Chief minister M K Stalin announced a holiday for government offices in Chennai on Monday and asked private organisations to permit staff to work from home. He also urged PM Narendra Modi to grant funds for flood relief. The PM assured Stalin that enough funds will be allocated.