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Man killed by lightning and roads flooded as storms sweep across South Australia

Several highways are closed because of flooding and a man has died after being hit by lightning after storms hit South Australia's Mid North and Riverland last night and this morning.

Emergency services were called to a rural property at Eba, west of Morgan, about 5pm yesterday after a 29-year-old man was hit by a bolt of lightning.

Police say he died at the scene.

They will prepare a report for the coroner.

Storms passed through the area on Saturday and Sunday.


Magma rapidly rising beneath 'dormant' volcano Mount Edgecumbe in Alaska, 'rare reactivation' revealed in new study

Edgecumbe mount
© Max Kaufman /Alaska Volcano Observatory
Mt. Edgecumbe rises in the foreground with Crater Ridge behind and to the north on May 19, 2022.
Magma beneath long-dormant Mount Edgecumbe volcano in Southeast Alaska has been moving upward through Earth's crust, according to research the Alaska Volcano Observatory rapidly produced using a new method.

The new approach at the observatory could lead to earlier detection of volcanic unrest in Alaska.

At Mount Edgecumbe, computer modeling based on satellite imagery shows magma is rising to about 6 miles from a depth of about 12 miles and has caused earthquakes and significant surface deformation.


Second child death within week due to dog attack in Madhya Pradesh, India

dog attack
A five-year-old girl in Madhya Pradesh's Bakawa village, identified as Sonia in news reports, lost her life Friday after being attacked by half-a-dozen stray dogs while on her way to pick up groceries from a neighbourhood store.

The girl's father, a labourer, was at work at the time, but her mother was home. She was first rushed to the hospital by passersby, and eventually shifted to the district hospital, but eventually succumbed to her injuries. Six severe bite marks were reported on her neck.

The incident comes close on the heels of a baby boy, being mauled to death by some street dogs in Noida's posh Lotus Boulevard society earlier this week


Waterspout spirals off coast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

A waterspout swirled off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Friday, October 21, social media posts show.

The National Weather Service said that isolated waterspouts over the Atlantic were possible amid "hazardous marine conditions."

Video posted by Twitter user @sea_air_uh_mist on Friday shows a waterspout churning in Fort Lauderdale. The uploader said, "What is this in the sky, downtown Fort Lauderdale?"

The waterspout was the second in the area, according to a local meteorologist. Credit: @sea_air_uh_mist via Storyful

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Indonesia - 4 dead, 30,000 affected after floods and landslides hit Java and Sulawesi Islands

Flooding and landslides struck in Trenggalek
© BPBD Trenggalek
Flooding and landslides struck in Trenggalek Regency, East Java, October 2022
Heavy rain has triggered floods and landslides in areas of Java and Sulawesi Islands in Indonesia over the last few days. Disaster authorities report at least 4 people have lost their lives, over 30,000 people have been impacted and around 5,000 homes damaged.

Recently heavy rain, flooding and landslides caused fatalities in Bali, Indonesia.

Java Island

Flooding occurred in Malang Regency of East Java Province after heavy rainfall on 17 October 2022. Over 1,000 homes were reported damaged in some away, affecting over 5,000 people.


Over 900,000 people hit by floods in South Sudan: OCHA

A family moves through floodwaters
© Sebastian Rich/UNICEF
A family moves through floodwaters to buy goods in a part of Bentiu that is on higher ground. Their return journey is some 24 kilometers (about 14.9 miles).
At least 909,000 people have been affected by persistent floods in various parts of South Sudan, recent estimates from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) shows.

"These floods have killed livestock and destroyed crops, washed away roads and bridges, destroyed homes, schools and health facilities, and submerged boreholes and latrines, contaminating springs and posing risks of waterborne diseases," OCHA noted last week.

In Unity State, for instance, rising water levels has reportedly threatened two camps for the displaced people and a UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) base with flooding.

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Hundreds of homes damaged by floods in Tolima, Colombia - 2 meter deep floodwater

Storms caused damage and floods in the city of Ibagué in Department of Tolima, western Colombia overnight 19 to 20 October 2022.

Colombia's Civil Defence reported 1,300 homes were damaged by floods or landslides. Many residents have lost material possessions and the departmental government have distributed relief supplies including mattresses, blankets and food. Several roads outside the city were washed out.

Secretary of the Environment and Risk Management of Ibagué, Carmen Sofía Bonilla, said flood levels exceeded two metres in some areas, with flood water reaching the first floor of buildings. Some families have lost everything, she added.

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Nigeria flooding kills more than 600 people and displaces 1.3 million

Weeks of flooding across Nigeria have killed more than 600 people and decimated thousands of square kilometers of farmland, officials said. Disruptions to gas production could potentially affect exports to Europe.
© Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters
Weeks of flooding across Nigeria have killed more than 600 people and decimated thousands of square kilometers of farmland, officials said. Disruptions to gas production could potentially affect exports to Europe.
Unusually heavy rainy season and dam discharges destroy farmland and roads in most states, says government

More than 600 people have died and 1.3mn have been displaced from their homes in flooding that has hit 33 of Nigeria's 36 states and the capital Abuja, government officials have said.

The government said an unusually heavy rainy season aggravated by climate change and the discharge of excess water from a dam caused the severe flooding, adding that some states and local governments did not heed warnings to make bigger preparations to assist people in the worst affected areas.

Sadiya Umar Farouq, the humanitarian affairs and disaster management minister, said more than 108,000 hectares of farmland have been submerged, and critical infrastructure such as roads have been destroyed. More than 200,000 homes have also been partially or completely destroyed. Several rice-producing states in northern and central Nigeria are among the worst affected, raising concerns about shortages at a time when annual food inflation has hit 23 per cent.


Chad declares state of emergency as one million affected by floods - 1.15 million acres of fields flooded

The flooding has affected 636 localities in the country while swallowing up more than 465,000 hectares of fields.

Chad's President Mahamat Idriss Deby has declared a state of emergency over flooding that is affecting more than a million people in the country.

Floods are not uncommon during Chad's rainy season, which usually runs from May to October in its southern regions.

But this year, the rains came early and were the heaviest in decades.

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Philippines - Rains trigger deadly landslide in Northern Mindanao

Landslide in Malitbog town, Bukidnon province, Philippines, October 2022.
© Civil Defense Northern Mindanao – Region 10
Landslide in Malitbog town, Bukidnon province, Philippines, October 2022.
At least 5 people have died after a landslide in Northern Mindanao Region of the Philippines. Earlier heavy rain brought by Typhoon Nesat (known as Neneng in the Philippines) caused flooding and landslides in northern regions of the country.

Tropical Storm Nesat (Neneng)

Authorities said Neneng intensified into a Tropical Storm on 15 October 2022 while it accelerated westward over the Philippine Sea east of extreme Northern Luzon. On 16 October Neneng made landfall over Calayan Island, Cagayan, then intensified into a Typhoon as it exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

Disaster authorities reported 117 incidents of flooding in Cagayan Valley (Region 2), as a result of heavy rain from the storm. In total 181,185 people were affected by the storm across the regions of Ilocos (Region 1), Cagayan Valley (Region 2), and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). Over 3,500 people were evacuated, 279 houses damaged and 2 people injured.