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Streets turn into rivers and homes destroyed in Nigeria

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Floods hit Onitsha, Anambra State in Nigeria on April 27 2022.

Heavy rainfall caused floods in the city, as drains failed to cope with the volume of water. Markets were closed as produce was washed away.

Traffic was stopped, as floods caused roads to close. A newly constructed road was damaged, causing further disruptions.

High winds caused the roofs to be blown off of homes, with over a hundred buildings damaged.

As flood waters subsided, streets were filled with debris. Authorities are assessing the extent of the damage caused.


Sun

India has seen 2 months of extreme heat and this week it will only get hotter

Extremely high temperatures are forecast for India Thursday, with above 90 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures shown in orange, and above 100 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures shown in dark red.

Extremely high temperatures are forecast for India Thursday, with above 90 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures shown in orange, and above 100 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures shown in dark red.
Life-threatening heat waves arrived in India a month earlier than normal, shattering temperature records, with highs reaching over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) -- and it will only get hotter.

The worst of the heat wave is expected late this week into this weekend with high temperatures approaching 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit (5-8 degrees Celsius) above normal across northern and northwestern India as well as parts of Pakistan.

Over one billion people will be subjected to excessive heat -- 10% of the world's population, according to Scott Duncan, an extreme climate expert.

This region, including New Delhi, could endure temperatures in the mid to upper 40s Celsius -- which means temperatures over 110 and up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit are possible.

And, unfortunately, this heat wont sleep.


Cloud Precipitation

Venezuela - Fatalities and evacuations after floods hit several states

Flooding continues in various municipalities in the south of Lake Maracaibo on northwestern Venezuela. A levee on the Zulia River broke during heavy rains, affecting cattle-raising and agricultural areas.

Flooding continues in various municipalities in the south of Lake Maracaibo on northwestern Venezuela. A levee on the Zulia River broke during heavy rains, affecting cattle-raising and agricultural areas.
Heavy rainfall since mid-April has caused flooding in several states in Venezuela. President Nicolás Maduro announced the activation of the country's National Risk System on 26 April 2022 in order to deal with the situation.

Zulia

Thousands of families have been affected by floods in Sur del Lago de Maracaibo sub-region in Zulia state. Swollen rivers and failing embankments led to flooding in the municipalities of Sucre, Francisco Javier Pulgar, Colón and Catatumbo from around 20 April 2022. Homes, roads, livestock and crops have all been damaged. As of 28 April the national government reported 4,000 families affected. The state government said several communities have been evacuated. Work has started on repairing river embankments and distributing relief supplies to affected communities.


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Magnitude 6.0 earthquake in Bismarck Sea near Papua New Guinea

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Very strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake at 10 km depth

Date & time: Apr 28, 2022 13:21:13 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Thursday, Apr 28, 2022 at 11:21 pm (GMT +10)
Magnitude: 6
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 3.8986°S / 146.6605°E (Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea)

Bizarro Earth

Long dormant underwater volcano in Antarctica triggers 85,000 earthquakes

The swarm of 85,000 earthquakes was the strongest seismic outburst ever recorded in Antarctica.

Antarctica Volcano
© Joseph Sohm; Visions of America via Getty Images
A long-dormant underwater volcano near Antarctica has woken up, triggering a swarm of 85,000 earthquakes.

The swarm, which began in August 2020 and subsided by November of that year, is the strongest earthquake activity ever recorded in the region. And the quakes were likely caused by a "finger" of hot magma poking into the crust, new research finds.

"There have been similar intrusions in other places on Earth, but this is the first time we have observed it there," study co-author Simone Cesca, a seismologist at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam, told Live Science. "Normally, these processes occur over geologic time scales," as opposed to over the course of a human life span, Cesca said. "So in a way, we are lucky to see this."

The swarm occurred around the Orca Seamount, an inactive volcano that rises 2,950 feet (900 meters) from the seafloor in the Bransfield Strait, a narrow passage between the South Shetland Islands and the northwestern tip of Antarctica. In this region, the Phoenix tectonic plate is diving beneath the continental Antarctic plate, creating a network of fault zones, stretching some portions of the crust and opening rifts in other places, according to a 2018 study in the journal Polar Science.

Snowflake

Early-season snowstorm in Neuquén, Argentina

Gendarmerie assisted people who were isolated in rural areas.
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Gendarmerie assisted people who were isolated in rural areas.
During this week the province of Neuquén was affected by a storm of snow and white wind that caused roadblocks and blown up roofs.

Gusts exceeded 100 kilometers per hour. The Undersecretary of Civil Defense and Citizen Protection, Martín Giusti, reported that from Zapala to the capital, the wind was the protagonist.

As a result of the storm, the Gendarmerie had to assist a dozen people stranded on roads that became impassable. They also had to rescue several people who were isolated in rural areas of "Pino Hachado" and "Copahue".


Doberman

Toddler killed after stray dog attack in Telangana, India

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A two-and-a-half-year-old boy died allegedly after a pack of stray dogs attacked him at Bada Bazaar in Charminar police station limits on Tuesday night.

The child, who suffered bleeding injuries on his neck and on other parts of his bust, was rushed for emergency treatment, but was soon declared dead by doctors at Niloufer Hospital.

According to the police, the attack took place around 8:30 p.m. when the boy was playing outside his grandmother's house. "It was a pack of stray dogs," aggrieved family members and locals said.

A senior official said that the police had visited the site, gathered details and checked the CCTV footage and related evidence.


Fish

Rare deep-sea oarfish found washed up on beach in Dunedin, New Zealand

Oarfish
© Bridie Allan
Oarfish
A self-amputating, vertically swimming, serpent-like fish has stunned Dunedin locals.

An oarfish was found on Aramoana Beach on Monday afternoon. it is estimated to have been 3.6m long.

The creature was last seen in Dunedin in 2015 - at a size of 3m long.

The species is known to reach lengths of more than 8m and is usually found hanging in a vertical position.


Snowflake

Late April snow hits mountainous areas of Beijing, China

Photo taken on April 27, 2022, shows snow covering Lingshan Mountain area of Mentougou district in southwest of Beijing. Showers turned to snow in Beijing's southwestern mountain area on Wednesday morning.
© Weather China
Photo taken on April 27, 2022, shows snow covering Lingshan Mountain area of Mentougou district in southwest of Beijing. Showers turned to snow in Beijing's southwestern mountain area on Wednesday morning.
Beijing has seen a sharp temperature drop, with temperatures recorded 13 degrees Celsius lower than Tuesday, accompanied by rain and snow since Wednesday morning, the municipal meteorological bureau has said.

Snow has hit mountainous areas in the suburbs of Beijing, with the highest daily temperature dropping to 10.7 degrees Celsius from Tuesday's 23.2 degrees Celsius.

The average precipitation in Beijing was 2.6 millimeters between 5 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday.


Boat

Flooding Jari river affects thousands in Amapá, Brazil

Floods in Amapá Brazil April 2022.
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Floods in Amapá Brazil April 2022.
Flooding from the Jari river has affected thousands of people in communities in the state of Amapá in northern Brazil.

Levels of the Jari river increased after heavy rainfall in the region over the last few weeks. The Amapá state government said the river reached 3.01 metres on 26 April, the highest level of the year so far.

According to officials, communities in the municipalities of Laranjal do Jari and Vitória do Jari have been affected by the flooding since mid-April. As of 26 April, the state government reported 16,152 people affected in Laranjal do Jari and 8,340 in Vitória do Jari. Federal government sources said over 220 families have been displaced.

State and federal government agencies are providing aid and relief supplies to communities in affected areas.