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Winter storm brings record snowfall to Gifu, Shiga prefectures in Japan - 19 inches of snowfall in 6 hours

Heavy snow is falling in regions mainly along the Sea of Japan coast with record snowfall observed in Gifu and Shiga prefectures.

The Japan Meteorological Agency says the season's most powerful cold air mass combined with a winter-type pressure system has brought record snowfall to the Tokai and Kinki regions.

In the 6-hour period through 1 p.m. on Wednesday, 49 centimeters of snow had fallen in the town of Sekigahara in Gifu Prefecture and 40 centimeters in Maibara City, Shiga Prefecture. They represent the heaviest snowfall on record for those areas.


Large waves flood the streets of Orchard Beach, Maine

Powerful waves battered Orchard Beach in Maine. The waves flooded the streets as people climbed on benches to avoid getting wiped out by the water.

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Flooding in northern England after Storm Jocelyn

The River Ouse burst its banks, in central York,
© Paul EllisThe River Ouse burst its banks, in central York, following Storm Jocelyn which brought strong winds and heavy rain across much of the country.
Aerial footage shows flooding across parts of York after Storm Jocelyn battered the UK with strong winds and heavy rain, only two days after the deadly Storm Isha hit the country.

Jocelyn, the 10th named storm of the season, caused major travel disruption in England and Scotland and brought flood warnings amid rising water levels.

Source: PA

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Couple escapes from car after it plunges into sinkhole in Vancouver, Washington: 'Felt like the movies'

A scary moment took place for a couple when their car plunked into a sinkhole last week in Vancouver, Washington.
© Katlynn Ann BicknellA scary moment took place for a couple when their car plunked into a sinkhole last week in Vancouver, Washington.
A Washington couple experienced a scary situation early Saturday morning as their vehicle plunged into a sinkhole in a Vancouver intersection while they were on their way home, according to a city spokesperson.

Authorities responded to the intersection around 1:15 a.m. on Saturday after reports that a car had gone into a sinkhole.

Katlynn Bicknell and her boyfriend Kevin were out grabbing food and were on their way home when the car became stuck in a huge hole with lots of bubbling water surrounding it, the couple told KPTV.

Bicknell tried to open the door as she pushed against the rushing water.


Elderly woman dies after being attacked by her 4 dogs in Limpopo, South Africa

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Limpopo police have opened an inquest after an elderly woman was attacked by her four dogs while trying to protect a visitor from the animals.

The incident happened on Friday, 19 January, and the woman died on Monday, 22 January.

South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson in Limpopo, Colonel Malesela Ledwaba, on the said day, the elderly woman was at her home with her daughter when they had a visitor and the dogs tried to attack him.

In the process, the woman interjected, trying to protect the man, but her dogs turned to her and bit her. Her daughter then assisted her, and the dogs turned away. However, she sustained injuries on her lower body.

Acting Police Commissioner in Limpopo, Major General Jan Scheepers, has strongly advised community members, especially owners of pets, to be careful with dogs around them and not to relax fully.

In 2023, there was a spate of incidents where people were mauled by their dogs, which caused some to die or left them seriously injured.


Wildlife officer killed in elephant attack in Botswana

A night out with colleagues ended tragically for a Kasane wildlife officer when he was trampled to death by an elephant minutes after arriving at their camp.

None of the colleagues of the 52-year-old native of Thamaga witnessed the incident which happened while they were sleeping on Saturday.

They only discovered his lifeless body in the morning at about 8am.

The incident was confirmed by Superintendent James Maabong who said the man sustained serious injuries in the elephant attack.


Dog owner charged with manslaughter after pit bulls attack, kill intoxicated man in Guyana

The owner of several pit bulls that mauled a man to death last week appeared in the New Amsterdam Magistrate's Court on Monday and was charged with the offense of manslaughter.

Rabindranauth Jaikissoon, an Auto Electrician of Ankerville, Port Mourant, Corentyne, Berbice appeared before Magistrate Peter Hugh where the charge was read to him he was subsequently granted bail in the sum of $250,000.

The police Prosecutor did not object to bail.

Latchminen Permaul called 'Blackboy' of lot 249 Hampshire, Topoo, Corentyne, Berbice was killed after three pit bulls attacked him on Tuesday January 16.

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Heavy rain causes flooding in Baja California, Mexico

Emergency service workers had a busy day in Baja California on Monday as heavy rain caused flooding in Tijuana and other parts of the northern border state.

South of Tijuana in the municipality of Playas de Rosarito, 10 people were rescued after their vehicles became submerged in water when a canal overflowed and flooded two main roads, said local Civil Protection chief Arturo García Ames.

In Tijuana, firefighters rescued a woman on Monday morning when her vehicle was swept away by floodwaters on the city's southside.

The news website Zeta reported that people were rescued in various parts of the northern border city, where many roads were affected by flooding. Two people, one an elderly man, were rescued by firefighters when they got into trouble attempting to cross swollen streams in Tijuana.


6.3 magnitude earthquake hits off Vanuatu capital: USGS

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck off the coast of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu early Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake had a depth of 37 kilometres (23 miles) and struck about 44 kilometres southwest of the capital Port Vila at 1:33 am (1433 GMT), said the USGS, which initially reported a magnitude of 6.5.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no tsunami threat from the quake, and there were no immediate reports of damage.

Vanuatu's Meteorology and Geohazards Department did not issue a tsunami advisory, according to its website.

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Flash flooding sparks emergency in San Diego, California after 4 inches of rain in 6 hours - cars swept away

A woman walks by cars damaged by floods during a rainstorm in San Diego on Monday
© APA woman walks by cars damaged by floods during a rainstorm in San Diego on Monday
Flash flooding has sparked an emergency declaration in San Diego after four inches of rain fell in six hours on Monday.

San Diego mayor Todd Gloria declared a state of emergency after homes were inundated and cars were overturned as torrential rain swept through southern California over a roughly six-hour period on Monday.

Flood waters swept away vehicles and caused cars to pile on top of each other, while several feet of water inundated the Mountain View, Shelltown and Southcrest neighbourhoods, as well as multiple highways.