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Two pitbulls maul four-year-old boy to death in Cape Town, South Africa

The family of four-year-old Milani Keke, who was mauled to death by two pitbulls in Gugulethu at the weekend, said they were struggling to come to terms with their loss.

Milani was attacked by the dogs when he tried to retrieve a ball while playing rugby with friends at home on Sunday.

The animals are currently in the care of the SPCA as investigations continue.

Speaking to the Cape Times on Monday, his traumatised mother, Nothemba Keke, said she was inside her home when the incident happened.

Cloud Precipitation

Hail and flash floods in Sucre, Bolivia leave 4 dead, 6 missing

Clean up operations after hail and flash flooding
© Municipo de Sucre
Clean up operations after hail and flash flooding 04 January 2021 in Sucre, Bolivia.
A short period of torrential rain and hail during the afternoon of 04 January 2021 caused flash flooding in parts of the city of Sucre in Chuquisaca Department, Bolivia.

Authorities report that at least 4 people died, 6 are missing and 7 were injured as a result of the severe weather. The intense rain and hail also caused considerable material damage to vehicles and buildings. Several stalls of traders from the Mercado Campesino were swept away.

Police in Chuquisaca reported that 14 people were rescued with symptoms of hypothermia and were taken to different medical centres. Seven were later discharged and the rest remain under hospital care

In a statement, President of Bolivia, Luis Arce, expressed his condolences to the relatives of the deceased.

Snowflake Cold

Global temp plunges 0.26C in a month: "The next ice age has just started"

Ice age starts

Temperatures on planet Earth have plummeted in line with the great conjunction, the ongoing magnetic reversal/excursion, and the ever-intensifying Grand Solar Minimumthe time to prepare is now: grow your own.

Since its February 2020 high of 0.76C, the UAH Satellite-Based Temperature of the Global Lower Atmosphere has plunged by almost half a degree Celsius to just 0.27C above baseline in December 2020 (the latest data-point).

Looking at the Sun, the cycles, the past, and the graphs, it is reasonable to assume that there is only one way from here, and that's down.

Sunspots (a good barometer for solar activity) were missing through most of 2020, and despite a violent uptick around the beginning of the third quarter, the magnetic signature of this cycle always appeared weak. And indeed, this uptick has proved brief as today, Jan 4, 2021, the Earth-facing solar disc is once again blank, there are zero sunspots:

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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - December 2020: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

2020 ended with some amazing Earth Changes events, including a huge bolide that detonated above western China in late December. The largest meteor fireball event of the year, there hasn't been as spectacular an atmospheric event (caught on camera anyway) since the Chelyabinsk meteor of 2013. Additionally, there were many other meteor fireball sightings globally last month, including two seen from the US state of Idaho.

Deluges across Southeast Asia last month included nonstop downpours in Vietnam that resulted in severe flooding and killed some 280 people, with dozens more reported missing. Central Philipines is another area that has been hit by nonstop rain, and since October. Meanwhile, floodwaters in western Indonesia reached as high as 5 meters, causing widespread damage. Heavy rains and extreme flooding also hit Brazil for the second month in a row. Authorities there confirmed that at least 700 died just in Rio de Janeiro - and within one week.

Elsewhere a mammoth 700 meter-wide "quick clay slide" in Ask, Norway destroyed 30 houses, injured at least 10 people, and left 21 missing. At least 1,000 residents were evacuated from the area. This was the second such event reported this year in Norway and the largest in the area so far. The first one took place in June and ran more than 600 meters along the shore and 150 meters inland.

All this and more in our SOTT Earth Changes Summary for December 2020:


'Unknown source of energy' cooks Tel Aviv sidewalk, residents evacuated

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Tel Aviv municipality has not determined source of the problem that led to two buildings being evacuated, but investigation of the mystery continues
The Tel Aviv municipality on Saturday informed dozens of residents of two apartment buildings in the center of the city that they may return to their homes, days after they were evacuated when the ground suddenly began heating up and emitted steam.

Experts who were called in did not detect any dangerous substances at the site or any risk to the buildings' stability, and the source of the heat was said by the municipality to be "trapped energy" from an unknown source.

The city said it would "continue to monitor the temperature of the ground, which is expected to take a long time to cool, and will continue to look into the causes of the unusual event."

Comment: It remains to be seen just what caused the heating up of the ground but, if it is related to geological phenomena, we may find clues as to what may have happened by looking at events elsewhere:

Cloud Precipitation

3 dead, 3 missing after floods in Bicol and Western Visayas, Philippines - 15,000 families affected

The Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported flooding in central areas of the country from 01 January 2021 following heavy rain brought by the tail end of a frontal system.

Two fatalities were reported in Bicol Region, where 3 people were also reported missing. One person died in floods in Negros Occidental Province of Western Visayas region.

In Bicol, 1 person died and 3 were missing after floods in Camarines Sur. Another fatality was reported in Sorsogon. As of 02 January, 106 incidents of flooding had been reported across Bicol, along with 24 landslides.

Meanwhile in Western Visayas region, PNA said at least one person died and almost 15,000 families were affected by flash floods caused by heavy rains in four localities in northern Negros Occidental from 01 January 2021.


Floods in Malaysia leave thousands displaced, 1 dead, 1 missing - 14 inches of rain in 72 hours

Public Works Department (JKR) in Malaysia
© JKR Malaysia
Public Works Department (JKR) in Malaysia also reported severe damage to roads after flooding in Gua Musang district in southern Kelantan State.
At least 1 person has died and around 9,000 people displaced after flooding in Johor, Pahang and Terengganu states of Malaysia.

Flooding began on 01 January 2021 after a period of heavy rainfall. This is the fourth spate of flooding in the region since November 2020.

Officials reported 6,706 people across 9 districts in Johor had been rescued and evacuated to safety as of 03 January 2021, according to Malaysia's disaster agency NADMA. The state capital, Johor Bahru, is the worst affected area. The city recorded more than 360 mm of rain in 72 hours to 03 January.

State news agency Bernama reported 1 person died in floods in Johor. Another person is missing feared dead after a vehicle was swept away by flood waters.

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Mudslides, floods across Singapore as treacherous storms bring slippery start to 2021

Mudslides captured on video at Loyang Avenue
© Kiwi Edward Lim/Facebook, Sg Road Vigilante/YouTube
Mudslides captured on video at Loyang Avenue and Outram.
The new year opened with more freak weather for Singapore after nonstop rainfall led to rare landslides and floods across the country over the weekend.

The incidents occurred as weather officials reported a high of 210.6 millimeters of rainfall in Changi over the weekend, with temperatures plunging to 21 degrees Celsius in places including Newton. Mudslides were captured near expressways as well as floods in several places including the 3-kilometer nature park connecting Bishan and Ang Mo Kio.

In the east, piles of mud fell into a drain near the expressway in Loyang Avenue, destroying its railings. More mud slid off a hill next to the Furama Riverfront Hotel in Outram, disrupting its service road. In the west, a landslide in Chua Chu Kang caused a tree to fall and block an expressway.

Snowflake Cold

16.5 inches of snow falls in 24 hours on the Coquihalla Summit, British Columbia

B.C.'s Coquihalla Summit was hammered by a winter storm on Saturday night, prompting a travel advisory, avalanche control, and several motor vehicle accidents.

Environment Canada meteorologist Gary Dickinson said Highway 5 between Hope and Merritt received a whopping 42 cm of snow between Saturday and Sunday morning.

"Freezing levels were around 1,200 metres so the peaks were getting the brunt of the snowfall," he said.

Rogers Pass and Kootenay Pass received 15 cm of snow, while 14 cm fell at Allison Pass.

The icy and hazardous conditions prompted B.C.'s Ministry of Transportation to issue a highway travel advisory on the Coquihalla at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The advisory was lifted at around 1 a.m.

Snowflake Cold

Heavy snowfall leads to closure of Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Kashmir - 4,500 vehicles stranded by up to 3 feet of snow

Srinagar: Vehicles remain stranded on the Srinagar-Jammu highway
Srinagar: Vehicles remain stranded on the Srinagar-Jammu highway after it was closed for traffic due to heavy snowfall in the Banihal sector in the Ramban district of the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir on Jan 4, 2021.
Kashmir was cut off from rest of the country on Monday as the arterial Jammu-Srinagar national highway and Mughal road were closed due to snowfall across the valley, leaving nearly 4500 vehicles stranded.

"The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is closed due to accumulation of snow at many places, especially around Jawahar Tunnel," an official of the traffic control department said.

He said snow clearance operations were in full swing and efforts were on to restore movement of stranded vehicles along the 260 kilometre road.

The official said nearly 4500 vehicles, mostly trucks carrying essentials to the valley, are stranded along the highway at various places.

Mughal Road, which connects the valley to Jammu division through Shopian-Rajouri axis, has been closed for several days due to heavy snowfall in the region.